Abante

(1981 GB )
CURRENT POSITION: 29 TAU 54
Incl: 3.76216
Eccent: 0.2837099
Period: 5.3007503366076 years
AU 3.0400321
Type: 0000

Discovery Chart

1.4.1981 05:05 Anderson Mesa 111w32 35n5 observations 1

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Named in honor of Robert Hamilton Brown, planetary astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A pioneer in the study of the compositions of the satellites of Uranus, Brown has also contributed greatly to the development of the radiometric method of diameter determination for minor planets and satellites. He has been involved in several calibrations of the radiometric method using occultation diameters, and he has investigated the geometric assumptions by developing a generalized ellipsoidal radiometric model. “Abante” derives from the name of Brown’s Italian grandfather; in English it loosely corresponds to “Bob”, a nickname for Robert. (M 12804)

Citation prepared by D. L. Matson and L. A. Lebofsky following a suggestion by the discoverer.

Avastatud: 1-4-1981 Avastamiskoht: Anderson Mesa Avastajad: Bowell, E.

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