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104 Klymene

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Discovered by  James Craig Watson
Minor planet category  Main belt
Aphelion  3.6499 AU (546.02 Gm)
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  James Craig Watson
Discovery site  Detroit Observatory
Discovery date  13 September 1868
Observation arc  130.58 yr (47693 d)
Discovered  13 September 1868
Spectral type  C-type asteroid
Asteroid family  Themis family
Perihelion  2.65525 AU (397.220 Gm)
Similar  121 Hermione, 165 Loreley, 188 Menippe, 132 Aethra, 107 Camilla

104 Klymene is a large, dark Themistian asteroid that was discovered by J. C. Watson on September 13, 1868, and named after one of the many Clymenes in Greek mythology. It is classified as a C-type asteroid, indicating it probably has a carbonaceous composition. The spectra indicates the presence of aqueous-altered minerals on the surface.

Based upon measurements made using adaptive optics at the W. M. Keck Observatory, this object may have a bi-lobed shape with a length of 163 ± 3 km and width of 103 ± 5 km, for an average dimension of 133 km. This asteroid is a member of the Themis family of asteroids that share similar orbital elements. It is listed as a member of the Hecuba group of asteroids that orbit near the 2:1 mean-motion resonance with Jupiter.


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