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88 Thisbe

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Discovery date  June 15, 1866
Minor planet category  Main belt
Aphelion  482.242 Gm (3.224 AU)
Spectral type  B-type asteroid
Named after  Pyramus and Thisbe
Pronunciation  /ˈθɪzbiː/ THIZ-bee
Adjectives  Thisbean
Discovered  15 June 1866
Orbits  Sun
Discovery site  Litchfield Observatory
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Discovered by  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
Discoverer  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
Similar  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters discoveries, Other celestial objects

88 Thisbe (/ˈθɪzb/ THIZ-bee) is the 13th largest main-belt asteroids. It was discovered by C. H. F. Peters on June 15, 1866, and named after Thisbe, heroine of a Roman fable. An occultation of a star by Thisbe was observed on October 7, 1981. Results from the occultation indicate a larger than expected diameter of 232 km.

During 2000, 88 Thisbe was observed by radar from the Arecibo Observatory. The return signal matched an effective diameter of 207 ± 22 km. This is consistent with the asteroid dimensions computed through other means.

Photometric observations of this asteroid during 1977 gave a light curve with a period of 6.0422 ± 0.006 hours and a brightness variation of 0.19 in magnitude.


Thisbe has been perturbed by asteroid 7 Iris and in 2001 Michalak estimated it to have a mass of 1.5×1019 kg. But Iris is strongly perturbed by many minor planets such as 10 Hygiea and 15 Eunomia.

In 2008, Baer estimated Thisbe to have a mass of 1.05×1019 kg. In 2011 Baer revised this to 1.83×1019 kg with an uncertainty of 1.09×1018 kg.


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