Girish Mahajan

550 Senta

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Discovered by  Max Wolf
Alternative names  1904 PL
Aphelion  3.1653 AU (473.52 Gm)
Discovered  16 November 1904
Orbits  Sun
Asteroid group  Asteroid belt
Discovery date  16 November 1904
Observation arc  115.33 yr (42124 d)
Perihelion  2.0115 AU (300.92 Gm)
Absolute magnitude  9.37
Discoverer  Max Wolf
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Discovery site  Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory
Max Wolf discoveries  509 Iolanda, 540 Rosamunde, 528 Rezia

550 Senta is a minor planet orbiting the Sun that was discovered by German astronomer Max Wolf on November 16, 1904 from Heidelberg.

Photometric observations of this asteroid made at the Torino Observatory in Italy during 1990–1991 were used to determine a synodic rotation period of 20.555 ± 0.01 hours.

In light of Max Wolf's propensity around the time of discovery to name asteroids after operatic heroines, it is likely that the asteroid is named after Senta, the heroine of Richard Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman.

References

550 Senta Wikipedia


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