529 Preziosa

Preziosa (minor planet designation: 529 Preziosa) is a minor planet orbiting the Sun that was discovered by German astronomer Max Wolf on 20 March 1904 from Heidelberg.

529 Preziosa
Discovered byMax Wolf
Discovery siteHeidelberg
Discovery date20 March 1904
(529) Preziosa
PronunciationSpanish: [preˈθjosa]
Italian: [pretˈtsjoːsa][1]
1904 NT
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc113.30 yr (41382 d)
Aphelion3.3078 AU (494.84 Gm)
Perihelion2.7246 AU (407.59 Gm)
3.0162 AU (451.22 Gm)
5.24 yr (1913.3 d)
0° 11m 17.376s / day
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
16.005±0.75 km
27 h (1.1 d)

This is a member of the dynamic Eos family of asteroids that were probably formed as the result of a collisional breakup of a parent body.[3]

The name is that of the protagonist of one of Miguel de Cervantes' Exemplary Novels. It is possible, since this was a period when Wolf habitually named his comets after operatic heroines, that he specifically had in mind the Preziosa in the eponymous opera by Antonio Smareglia.[4]


  1. ^ (Dizionario Rai)
  2. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "529 Preziosa", JPL Small-Body Database Browser, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, retrieved 5 May 2016.
  3. ^ Veeder, G. J.; et al. (March 1995), "Eos, Koronis, and Maria family asteroids: Infrared (JHK) photometry", Icarus, 114, pp. 186–196, Bibcode:1995Icar..114..186V, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1006/icar.1995.1053.
  4. ^ Franklin Mesa (2015). Opera: An Encyclopedia of World Premieres and Significant Performances, Singers, Composers, Librettists, Arias and Conductors, 1597–2000. McFarland. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-4766-0537-1.

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