524 Fidelio

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524 Fidelio
Discovery
Discovered byMax Wolf
Discovery siteHeidelberg
Discovery date14 March 1904
Designations
MPC designation(524) Fidelio
1904 NN
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc112.10 yr (40943 d)
Aphelion2.9726 AU (444.69 Gm)
Perihelion2.2965 AU (343.55 Gm)
2.6345 AU (394.12 Gm)
Eccentricity0.12832
4.28 yr (1561.9 d)
195.412°
0° 13m 49.764s / day
Inclination8.2284°
326.697°
80.137°
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
35.865±1.35 km
14.198 h (0.5916 d)
0.0402±0.003
9.83

Fidelio (minor planet designation: 524 Fidelio) is a large minor planet with a diameter of 71 km, orbiting the Sun near the center of the main asteroid belt. Fidelio contains both metals and carbon (Spectral class XC). Concerning its name, the Catalogue of Minor Planet Names and Discovery Circumstances notes, "This is the name of Leonora when disguised as a man in the opera Fidelio (composed 1805) by the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven;[2] the name dates from a period when Max Wolf assigned the names of female operatic characters to asteroids he had newly discovered.

524 Fidelio is also the name of a song on the album Valentina by The Wedding Present.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "524 Fidelio (1904 NN)". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ Available on line: [1][permanent dead link]; reference is on p. 56.

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