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18 Melpomene

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Discovered by  John Russell Hind
Minor planet category  Main belt
Perihelion  268.472 Gm (1.795 AU)
Discovered  24 June 1852
Named after  Melpomene
Discoverer  John Russell Hind
Discovery date  June 24, 1852
Aphelion  418.414 Gm (2.797 AU)
Orbital period  1,271 days
Orbits  Sun
Spectral type  S-type asteroid
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Pronunciation  /mɛlˈpɒmᵻniː/ mel-POM-i-nee
Similar  John Russell Hind discoveries, Other celestial objects

Asteroid 18 melpomene

18 Melpomene is a large, bright main-belt asteroid that was discovered by J. R. Hind on June 24, 1852, and named after Melpomenē, the Muse of tragedy in Greek mythology. It is classified as an S-type asteroid and is composed of silicates and metals.


Melpomene occulted the star SAO 114159 on December 11, 1978. A possible Melpomenean satellite with a diameter at least 37 km was detected. The satellite candidate received a provisional designation S/1978 (18) 1. In 1988 a search for satellites or dust orbiting this asteroid was performed using the UH88 telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatories, but the effort came up empty. Melpomene was observed with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993. It was able to resolve the asteroid's slightly elongated shape, but no satellites were detected.

Melpomene has been studied by radar.

Asteroid 18 melpomene


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