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62 Erato

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Discovery date  September 14, 1860
Aphelion  550.315 Gm (3.679 AU)
Semi-major axis  467.092 Gm (3.122 AU)
Orbits  Sun
Named after  Erato
Minor planet category  Main belt
Perihelion  383.868 Gm (2.566 AU)
Discovered  14 September 1860
Spectral type  C-type asteroid
Asteroid family  Themis family
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Discovered by  Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Julius Foerster
Discoverers  Wilhelm Julius Foerster, Otto Lesser
Similar  61 Danaë, 76 Freia, 80 Sappho, 56 Melete, 34 Circe

62 Erato (/ˈɛrət/ ERR-ə-toh) is a large and dark, probably carbonaceous Themistian asteroid. It is a member of the Eos family.

Erato is the first asteroid to have been credited with co-discoverers, Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Forster, who discovered it on September 14, 1860 from the Berlin Observatory. It was their first and only asteroid discovery. The name was chosen by Johann Franz Encke, director of the observatory, and refers to Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry in Greek mythology.

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62 Erato Wikipedia


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