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93 Minerva

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Discovered by  James Craig Watson
Discovery date  24 August 1867
Alternative names  1949 QN2, A902 DA
Discovered  24 August 1867
Spectral type  C-type asteroid
Asteroid family  Gefion family
Discovery site  Ann Arbor, Michigan
Named after  Minerva
Minor planet category  Main belt
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  James Craig Watson
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Moons  S/2009 (93) 2, Aegis, S/2009 (93) 1
Similar  James Craig Watson discoveries, Other celestial objects

93 Minerva (/mˈnɜːrvə/ mi-NUR-və) is a large trinary main-belt asteroid. It is a C-type asteroid, meaning that it has a dark surface and possibly a primitive carbonaceous composition. It was discovered by J. C. Watson on August 24, 1867, and named after Minerva, the Roman equivalent of Athena, goddess of wisdom. An occultation of a star by Minerva was observed in France, Spain and the United States on November 22, 1982. An occultation diameter of ~170 km was measured from the observations. Since then two more occultations have been observed, which give an estimated mean diameter of ~150 km for diameter.


On August 16, 2009, at 13:36 UT, the Keck Observatory's adaptive optics system revealed that the asteroid 93 Minerva possesses 2 small moons. They are 4 and 3 km in diameter and the projected separations from Minerva correspond to 630 km (8.8 x Rprimary) and 380 km (5.2 x Rprimary) respectively. They have been named Aegis and Gorgoneion.


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