Patroclus

(1906 VY )
CURRENT POSITION: 29 CAP 30
Incl: 22.06241
Eccent: 0.1398841
Period: 11.888696037372 years
AU 5.2088608
Type: 0009

Discovery Chart

17.10.1906 00:00 Heidelberg 8e43 49n24 observations 0

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Named for the Greek hero and friend of Achilles slain by Hector (see also planets  (588) and  (624)) at the Trojan War. (H 65)

Name suggested (AN 175, 191 (1907)) by J. Palisa.

The L5-Trojan Patroclus is the first known binary among the Trojans. The discovery of S/2001 (617) 1 on 2001 September 22 was made by W. J. Merline, L. M. Close, N. Siegler and D. Potter with the 8.1-m Gemini North Telescope on Mauna Kea (IAUC 7741).

Avastatud: 17-10-1906 Avastamiskoht: Heidelberg Avastajad: Kopff, A.

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