|Discovered by Johnson, E. L.|
MPC designation 1580
Minor planet category Amor
Discovered 22 May 1950
Spectral type C-type asteroid
Discovery site Union Observatory
|Discovery date 22 May 1950|
Alternative names 1950 KA
Observation arc 65.14 yr (23791 days)
Discoverer Ernest Leonard Johnson
Asteroid group Amor asteroid
|Similar 1627 Ivar, 1685 Toro, 1980 Tezcatlipoca, 3908 Nyx, 2100 Ra‑Shalom|
1580 Betulia (provisional designation: 1950 KA) is an Amor asteroid discovered on May 22, 1950, by Ernest Leonard Johnson at the Union Observatory, Johannesburg, South Africa. Betulia's shape has been accurately determined: at its widest point, the asteroid is 6.59 ± .66 km wide; however, its effective diameter is 5.39 ± .54 km.
The name honours Betulia Toro, wife of the astronomer Samuel Herrick. Herrick had studied the asteroid's orbit, and requested the name, along with that of 1685 Toro.