6537 Adamovich, provisional designation 1979 QK6, is a stony Florian asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 4 kilometers in diameter.

6537 Adamovich
Discovery [1]
Discovered byN. Chernykh
Discovery siteCrimean Astrophysical Obs.
Discovery date19 August 1979
MPC designation(6537) Adamovich
Named after
Aleksandr Adamovich
(Byelorussian writer)[2]
1979 QK6 · 1985 JQ
main-belt · Flora[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc37.80 yr (13,805 days)
Aphelion2.6055 AU
Perihelion1.7518 AU
2.1786 AU
3.22 yr (1,175 days)
0° 18m 23.4s / day
Physical characteristics
Dimensions3.22±0.50 km[4]
4.253±0.227 km[5][6]
4.50 km (calculated)[3]
2.4±0.1 h[7]
0.24 (assumed)[3]
13.9[1][3][4] · 13.81±0.14 (R)[7] · 13.12±1.33[8] · 14.4[5]

It was discovered on 19 August 1979, by Soviet–Russian astronomer Nikolai Chernykh at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Nauchnyj, on the Crimean peninsula.[9] The asteroid was later named after Byelorussian writer Aleksandr Adamovich.[2]

Orbit and classificationEdit

Adamovich is a S-type asteroid a member of the Flora family, one of the largest groups of stony asteroids in the main-belt. It orbits the Sun in the inner main-belt at a distance of 1.8–2.6 AU once every 3 years and 3 months (1,175 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.20 and an inclination of 4° with respect to the ecliptic.[1]

Physical characteristicsEdit

Lightcurve photometryEdit

A fragmentary rotational lightcurve of Adamovich was obtained from photometric observation made at the Palomar Transient Factory in California in February 2013. It showed a provisional rotation period of 2.4±0.1 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.13 magnitude (U=1).[7]

Diameter and albedoEdit

According to the surveys carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Adamovich measures 3.22 and 4.3 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.17 and 0.50, respectively.[4][5][6] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link (CALL) assumes an albedo of 0.24 – derived from 8 Flora, the largest member and namesake of its orbital family – and calculates a diameter of 4.5 kilometers with an absolute magnitude of 13.9.[3]


This minor planet was named in memory of Byelorussian–Russian Aleksandr Mikhajlovich Adamovich (1927–1994), publicist, literary scholar and talented writer, known for his civic responsibility.[2] The official naming citation was published on 4 May 1999 (M.P.C. 34624).[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 6537 Adamovich (1979 QK6)" (2017-06-05 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(6537) Adamovich". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (6537) Adamovich. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 540. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_5936. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "LCDB Data for (6537) Adamovich". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Nugent, C. R.; Mainzer, A.; Bauer, J.; Cutri, R. M.; Kramer, E. A.; Grav, T.; et al. (September 2016). "NEOWISE Reactivation Mission Year Two: Asteroid Diameters and Albedos". The Astronomical Journal. 152 (3): 12. arXiv:1606.08923. Bibcode:2016AJ....152...63N. doi:10.3847/0004-6256/152/3/63. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; et al. (November 2011). "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 25. arXiv:1109.6407. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; et al. (November 2011). "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 20. arXiv:1109.4096. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...68M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/68. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Chang, Chan-Kao; Ip, Wing-Huen; Lin, Hsing-Wen; Cheng, Yu-Chi; Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Yang, Ting-Chang; et al. (June 2014). "313 New Asteroid Rotation Periods from Palomar Transient Factory Observations". The Astrophysical Journal. 788 (1): 21. arXiv:1405.1144. Bibcode:2014ApJ...788...17C. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/788/1/17. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  8. ^ 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 29 April 2016.
  9. ^ "6537 Adamovich (1979 QK6)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  10. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 29 April 2016.

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