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516 Amherstia

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Discovered by  Raymond Smith Dugan
Alternative names  1903 MG; 1938 YO
Observation arc  112.26 yr (41003 d)
Discovered  20 September 1903
Spectral type  M-type asteroid
Named after  Amherst College
Discovery date  20 September 1903
Minor planet category  Main belt
Aphelion  3.4103 AU (510.17 Gm)
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  Raymond Smith Dugan
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Discovery site  Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory
Similar  441 Bathilde, 276 Adelheid, 849 Ara, 230 Athamantis, 132 Aethra

516 Amherstia was the 8th asteroid discovered by Raymond Smith Dugan, and was named after Amherst College, his alma mater. Amherstia is a large M-type asteroid, with an estimated diameter of 73 km. It follows an eccentric orbit between Jupiter and Mars, with an orbital period of 4.39 years.

In 1989, the asteroid was observed from the Collurania-Teramo Observatory, allowing a light curve to be produced that showed an estimated rotation period of 7.49 hours and a brightness variation of 0.25 ± 0.01 in magnitude.


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