363 Padua

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363 Padua
Discovered by Auguste Charlois
Discovery date 17 March 1893
MPC designation (363) Padua
Named after
1893 S
Main belt (Lydia)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 121.80 yr (44489 d)
Aphelion 2.94211 AU (440.133 Gm)
Perihelion 2.55710 AU (382.537 Gm)
2.74960 AU (411.334 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.070012
4.56 yr (1665.3 d)
0° 12m 58.219s / day
Inclination 5.94381°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 97 km
8.401 h (0.3500 d)
9.01,[1] 8.88[2]

363 Padua a main belt asteroid that was discovered by Auguste Charlois on 17 March 1893 in Nice. It was named after the city of Padova, near Venice, Italy.[3]

Richard P. Binzel and Schelte Bus further added to the knowledge about this asteroid in a lightwave survey published in 2003. This project was known as Small Main-belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey, Phase II or SMASSII, which built on a previous survey of the main-belt asteroids. The visible-wavelength (0.435-0.925 micrometre) spectra data was gathered between August 1993 and March 1999.[4]

Lightcurve data has also been recorded by observers at the Antelope Hill Observatory, which has been designated as an official observatory by the Minor Planet Center.[5]


  1. ^ a b Yeomans, Donald K., "363 Padua", JPL Small-Body Database Browser, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Warner, Brian D. (December 2007), "Initial Results of a Dedicated H-G Project", The Minor Planet Bulletin, 34, pp. 113–119, Bibcode:2007MPBu...34..113W. 
  3. ^ Schmadel Lutz D. Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (fifth edition), Springer, 2003. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.
  4. ^ Bus, S., Binzel, R. P. Small Main-belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey, Phase II. EAR-A-I0028-4-SBN0001/SMASSII-V1.0. NASA Planetary Data System, 2003.
  5. ^ Lightcurve Results

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