Kirkwood

(1951 AT )
CURRENT POSITION: 18 LEO 5
Incl: 0.80804
Eccent: 0.2402727
Period: 7.7764381379226 years
AU 3.9250069
Type: 0008

Discovery Chart

10.1.1951 03:20 Brooklyn 24e45 59n26 observations 1

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This planet has been named in honor of Daniel Kirkwood {1814–1895}, professor of mathematics at Indiana University from 1856 to 1886. In 1866 he discovered the gaps in the distribution of the mean distances of the minor planets which bear his names: Kirkwood’s Gaps. This is the first numbered planet to result from the minor planet observing program at Indiana University. (M 738)

Kirkwood is also honored by a lunar crater.

Avastatud: 10-1-1951 Avastamiskoht: Brooklyn Avastajad: Indiana University

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