93 Minerva

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93 Minerva
93Minerva (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 93 Minerva based on its light curve.
Discovered by James Craig Watson
Discovery site Ann Arbor, Michigan
Discovery date24 August 1867
(93) Minerva
Pronunciation /mɪˈnɜːrvə/ [1]
Named after
1949 QN2, A902 DA
Main belt
Adjectives Minervian, Minervean /mɪˈnɜːrviən/
Orbital characteristics [2]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 146.14 yr (53379 d)
Aphelion 3.1429  AU (470.17  Gm)
Perihelion 2.3711 AU (354.71 Gm)
2.7570 AU (412.44 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.13998
4.58 yr (1672.0 d)
Average orbital speed
~17.86 km/s
0° 12m 55.116s / day
Inclination 8.56143°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions141.55±4.0  km (IRAS) [2]
156km (spherical) [3]
Mass 3.7×1018 kg (assumed) [4]
Mean density
1.9 g/cm³ [3]
Equatorial surface gravity
4.139 cm/s2 (0.004221 g) [5]
Equatorial escape velocity
8.035 cm/s [5]
5.982  h (0.2493  d) [2]
0.0733±0.004 [2]
C [2]
G? [3]
8.0 [2]

    Minerva (minor planet designation: 93 Minerva) is a large trinary main-belt asteroid. It is a C-type asteroid, meaning that it has a dark surface and possibly a primitive carbonaceous composition. It was discovered by J. C. Watson on 24 August 1867, and named after Minerva, the Roman equivalent of Athena, goddess of wisdom. An occultation of a star by Minerva was observed in France, Spain and the United States on 22 November 1982. An occultation diameter of ~170 km was measured from the observations. Since then two more occultations have been observed, which give an estimated mean diameter of ~150 km for diameter. [6] [7]



    On 16 August 2009, at 13:36 UT, the Keck Observatory's adaptive optics system revealed that the asteroid 93 Minerva possesses 2 small moons. [8] They are 4 and 3 km in diameter and the projected separations from Minerva correspond to 630 km (8.8 x Rprimary) and 380 km (5.2 x Rprimary) respectively. [8] They have been named[ citation needed ] Aegis ( /ˈɪs/ ) [9] and Gorgoneion ( /ˌɡɔːrɡəˈnən/ ). [10]

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    4. Using a spherical radius of 78 km; volume of a sphere * density of 1.9 g/cm³ yields a mass (m=d*v) of 3.77E+18 kg
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