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Discovered by  J. Rheden
MPC designation  771 Libera
Alternative names  1913 TO · 1958 HA
Discovered  21 November 1913
Orbits  Sun
Discovery site  Vienna Observatory
Discovery date  21 November 1913
Named after  friend of discoverer
Minor planet category  main-belt · (middle)
Inclination  14.936°
Discoverer  Joseph Rheden
Asteroid group  Asteroid belt
771 Libera
Similar  441 Bathilde, Asteroid belt, 528 Rezia

771 Libera, provisional designation 1913 TO, is a metallic asteroid from the middle region of the asteroid belt, about 29 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by Austrian astronomer Joseph Rheden at the Vienna Observatory in Austria, on 21 November 1913.

The metallic X-type asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 2.0–3.3 AU once every 4 years and 4 months (1,576 days). Its orbit shows an eccentricity of 0.25 and is tilted by 15 degrees to the plane of the ecliptic. A photometric observation of the asteroid's light-curve performed at the Palmer Divide Observatory during 1999 rendered a rotation period of 7000589200000000000♠5.892±0.002 hours with a brightness variation of 0.57 magnitude. The result concurs with several previous observations, including a photometric analysis conducted over a twelve-year interval.

According to the surveys carried out by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, IRAS, the Japanese Akari satellite, and the U.S. Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, the asteroid's surface has an albedo of 0.13 and 0.14, respectively, while the Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link publishes a slightly lower figure of 0.12 from an alternative result of the Supplemental IRAS Minor Planet Survey.

The minor planet was named by Mrs. Hedwig Rheden in honor of a friend of the discoverer.

References

771 Libera Wikipedia


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