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174 Phaedra

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Discovered by  J. C. Watson
Minor planet category  Main belt
Aphelion  3.2658 AU (488.56 Gm)
Discovered  2 September 1877
Spectral type  S-type asteroid
Discovery site  Detroit Observatory
Discovery date  2 September 1877
Observation arc  138.61 yr (50629 d)
Perihelion  2.4572 AU (367.59 Gm)
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  James Craig Watson
Asteroid group  Asteroid belt
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Similar  188 Menippe, 132 Aethra, 161 Athor, 196 Philomela, 193 Ambrosia

174 Phaedra is a sizable, rocky main belt asteroid that was discovered by Canadian-American astronomer James Craig Watson on September 2, 1877, and named after Phaedra, the tragic lovelorn queen in Greek mythology.

Lightcurve data obtained from Phaedra indicates a rather irregular or elongated body.

Photometric observations of this asteroid at the Shadowbox Observatory in Carmel, Indiana, during 2009 gave a light curve with a period of 4.96 ± 0.01 hours. This is consistent with previous studies in 1977, 1988, and 2008.

References

174 Phaedra Wikipedia


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