776 Berbericia

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776 Berbericia

Name
Name Berbericia
Designation 1914 TY
Discovery
Discoverer A. Massinger
Discovery date January 24, 1914
Discovery site Heidelberg
Orbital elements
Epoch May 12, 1998 (JDCT 2450945.5)
Eccentricity (e) 0.163
Semimajor axis (a) 2.932 AU
Perihelion (q) 2.456 AU
Aphelion (Q) 3.409 AU
Orbital period (P) 5.022 a
Inclination (i) 18.206°
Longitude of the ascending node (Ω) 80.132°
Argument of Perihelion (ω) 304.840°
Mean anomaly (M) 12.648°

776 Berbericia is a minor planet orbiting the Sun in the asteroid belt. This main-belt asteroid was found by A. Massinger at Heidelberg January 24, 1914. It was named in honor of Adolf Berberich (1861-1920), a German astronomer.[1][2]

In the late 1990s, a network of astronomers worldwide gathered lightcurve data that was mostly used to conclude the spin states and shape models of 10 new asteroids, including (776) Berbericia.[3][4]

Richard P. Binzel and Schelte Bus added more 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 micron) spectra data was gathered between August 1993 and March 1999.[5]

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  1. http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi#top
  2. Schmadel Lutz D. Dictionary of minor planet Names (fifth edition), Springer, 2003. ISBN 3540002383.
  3. Durech., J.; Kaasalainen, M., Marciniak, A.; et al., “Physical models of ten asteroids from an observers' collaboration network,” Astronomy and Astrophysics , Volume 465, Issue 1, April I 2007, pp. 331-337
  4. Durech, J.; Kaasalainen, M.; Marciniak, A.; Allen, W. H. et al. “Asteroid brightness and geometry,” Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 465, Issue 1, April I 2007, pp. 331-337.
  5. 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.

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