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Velleda (minor planet designation: 126 Velleda) is a main-belt asteroid. It is probably a rather typical, albeit sizable, S-type asteroid. Named for Veleda, a priestess and prophet of the Germanic tribe of the Bructeri. It was discovered by Paul Henry on November 5, 1872, in Paris, France. It was his first credited discovery. He and his brother Prosper Henry discovered a total of 14 asteroids.

126 Velleda
Discovery
Discovered byPaul Henry and Prosper Henry
Discovery dateNovember 5, 1872
Designations
MPC designation(126) Velleda
Pronunciation/ˈvɛlədə/
Named after
Veleda
 
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion403.523 Gm (2.697 AU)
Perihelion326.153 Gm (2.180 AU)
364.838 Gm (2.438644[1] AU)
Eccentricity0.1060806[1]
1391.107 d (3.81 a)
117.027°
Inclination2.92451°[1]
23.47325°[1]
327.94065°[1]
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
44.79 ± 1.33 km[2]
Mass(0.47 ± 5.79) × 1018 kg[2]
Equatorial surface gravity
0.0125 m/s²
Equatorial escape velocity
0.0237 km/s
5.364 ± 0.003 d[3]
0.1723[1]
S
9.27[1]

This asteroid rotates once every 5 days, 8 hours and 44 minutes. During each rotation the light curve varies by 0.22 magnitudes.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "126 Velleda". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. NASA JPL. 29 August 2003. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  2. ^ a b Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science, 73, pp. 98–118, arXiv:1203.4336, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009. See Table 1.
  3. ^ a b Dovgopol, A. N.; Kruglyi, Iu. N.; Shevchenko, V. G. (1992). "Asteroid 126 Velleda - Rotation period and magnitude-phase curve". Acta Astronomica. 42 (1): 67–72. Bibcode:1992AcA....42...67D.

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