15374 Teta

15374 Teta, provisional designation 1997 BG, is bright, stony Hungaria asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, about 3.3 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by Czech astronomers Miloš Tichý and Zdeněk Moravec at Kleť Observatory in South Bohemia on 16 January 1997.[3] It is named after Teta from Czech mythology.[2]

15374 Teta
Discovery [1]
Discovered byM. Tichý
Z. Moravec
Discovery siteKleť Obs.
Discovery date16 January 1997
(15374) Teta
Named after
Teta (Czech mythology)[2]
1997 BG
main-belt · (inner)[1]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc66.81 yr (24,402 days)
Aphelion2.3153 AU
Perihelion1.6709 AU
1.9931 AU
2.81 yr (1,028 days)
0° 21m 1.08s / day
Physical characteristics
Dimensions3.35 km (calculated)[4]
2.820±0.005 h[5]
2.8204±0.0005 h[6]
0.30 (assumed)[4]
14.3[1] · 14.44±0.30[4][7]

Orbit and classificationEdit

Teta is a bright E-type asteroid and member of the Hungaria family, which form the innermost dense concentration of asteroids in the Solar System. It orbits the Sun in the inner main-belt at a distance of 1.7–2.3 AU once every 2 years and 10 months (1,028 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.16 and an inclination of 32° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] A first precovery was obtained during Digitized Sky Survey at Palomar Observatory in 1950, extending the body's observation arc by 47 years prior to its discovery.[3]

Physical characteristicsEdit

In 2014, an improved rotational lightcurve of Teta was obtained by American astronomer Brian Warner at his Palmer Divide Observatory in Colorado. Lightcurve analysis gave a rotation period of 2.820±0.005 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.30 magnitude (U=3-).[6][5]

The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes an albedo of 0.30 – a compromise value between 0.4 and 0.2, corresponding to the Hungaria asteroids both as family and orbital group – and calculates a diameter of 3.35 kilometers using an absolute magnitude of 14.4.[4]


This minor planet was named from Czech mythology after "Teta", the fortune-teller, heathen priestess, and member of the Přemyslid dynasty. She is the second daughter of Duke Krok and sister of Libuše, who, according to legend, founded the city of Prague (also see 2367 Praha) in the 8th century, and after whom the minor planets 264 Libussa and 3102 Krok were named, respectively.[2] The approved naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 11 November 2000 (M.P.C. 41573).[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 15374 Teta (1997 BG)" (2017-05-03 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 5 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(15374) Teta". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (15374) Teta. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 823. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_9128. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ a b c "15374 Teta (1997 BG)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f "LCDB Data for (15374) Teta". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 27 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Warner, Brian D. (July 2014). "Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at CS3-Palmer Divide Station: 2014 January-March". The Minor Planet Bulletin. 41 (3): 144–155. Bibcode:2014MPBu...41..144W. ISSN 1052-8091. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b Warner, Brian D. (January 2010). "Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Palmer Divide Observatory: 2009 June-September". The Minor Planet Bulletin. 37 (1): 24–27. Bibcode:2010MPBu...37...24W. ISSN 1052-8091. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  7. ^ Veres, Peter; Jedicke, Robert; Fitzsimmons, Alan; Denneau, Larry; Granvik, Mikael; Bolin, Bryce; et al. (November 2015). "Absolute magnitudes and slope parameters for 250,000 asteroids observed by Pan-STARRS PS1 - Preliminary results". Icarus. 261: 34–47. arXiv:1506.00762. Bibcode:2015Icar..261...34V. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.08.007. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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