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196 Philomela

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Discovered by  C. H. F. Peters, 1879
Minor planet category  Main belt
Aphelion  3.1723 AU (474.57 Gm)
Orbital period  2,004 days
Rotation period  8.3 hours
Spectral type  S-type asteroid
Discovery date  14 May 1879
Observation arc  136.91 yr (50005 d)
Perihelion  3.0630 AU (458.22 Gm)
Discovered  14 May 1879
Orbits  Sun
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Discoverer  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters discoveries  188 Menippe, 167 Urda, 165 Loreley

196 Philomela is a large and bright main-belt asteroid. It is an S-type asteroid.

It was discovered by C. H. F. Peters on May 14, 1879, in Clinton, New York and named after Philomela, the woman who became a nightingale in Greek mythology.

In the late 1990s, a network of astronomers worldwide gathered light curve data that was ultimately used to derive the spin states and shape models of 10 new asteroids, including (196) Philomela. The shape model for this asteroid is described as asymmetrical and smooth, while the light curve varies by up to 0.4 in magnitude.

To date there have been two reported Philomelian stellar occultations.


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