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Germania (minor planet designation: 241 Germania) is a very large main-belt asteroid. It is classified as a B-type asteroid and is probably composed of dark, primitive carbonaceous material.

241 Germania
Discovery
Discovered byRobert Luther
Discovery date12 September 1884
Designations
MPC designation(241) Germania
Named after
Germany
1953 US, 1953 VK1
Main belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc131.40 yr (47993 d)
Aphelion3.35991 AU (502.635 Gm)
Perihelion2.73723 AU (409.484 Gm)
3.04857 AU (456.060 Gm)
Eccentricity0.10213
5.32 yr (1944.2 d)
17.04 km/s
277.959°
0° 11m 6.598s / day
Inclination5.50482°
270.362°
80.6364°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions168.90±3.1 km[1]
178.60 ± 7.84 km[2]
Mass(0.86 ± 5.00) × 1018 kg[2]
Mean density
0.28 ± 1.67 g/cm3[2]
15.51 h (0.646 d)[1]
0.0575±0.002[1]
CP/B[1]
7.58[1]

It was discovered by Robert Luther on 12 September 1884 in Düsseldorf.

Germania is the Latin name for Germany.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 241 Germania". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c 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.

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