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119 Althaea

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Discovered by  James Craig Watson
Minor planet category  Main belt
Aphelion  2.7896 AU (417.32 Gm)
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  James Craig Watson
Discovery site  Detroit Observatory
Discovery date  3 April 1872
Observation arc  143.99 yr (52593 d)
Discovered  3 April 1872
Spectral type  S-type asteroid
Named after  Althaea
119 Althaea
Perihelion  2.37335 AU (355.048 Gm)
James Craig Watson discoveries  132 Aethra, 161 Athor, 174 Phaedra

119 Althaea is a main-belt asteroid that was discovered by Canadian-American astronomer J. C. Watson on April 3, 1872, and named after Althaea, the mother of Meleager in Greek mythology. Two occultations by Althaea were observed in 2002, only a month apart.

Based upon its spectrum, this is classified as an S-type asteroid. Photometric observations made in 1988 at the Félix Aguilar Observatory produced a light curve with a period of 11.484 ± 0.010 hours with a brightness variation of 0.365 ± 0.010 in magnitude.

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119 Althaea Wikipedia


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