Asteroids with Satellites Database--Johnston's Archive

(2486) Metsahovi

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 21 September 2014

--Orbital and physical data--

(See this page for definitions of quantities; source codes in brackets, see this link for full references; *A, *D, and *E indicate assumed, derived, and estimated values, respectively.)

dynamical type, primary: main belt asteroid


orbital data, primary (osculating elements) [JPL] :
semimajor axis a: 2.268086843 AU
orbital period P: 3.415841583 yr
(= 1247.6361380 d)
eccentricity e: 0.080224861
perihelion distance q: 2.08612989 AU
aphelion distance Q: 2.450043795 AU
inclination i: 8.4102860°
argument of perihelion ω: 101.208094°
ascending node Ω: 359.976586°
mean anomaly M: 60.984831°
perihelion passage TP: 2013 Oct 23.6475
Epoch: 2014 May 23
data arc: 1939-2014 (1167 obs.)
Earth MOID: 1.12144 AU
Jupiter Tisserand invariant TJ: 3.596


orbital data, secondary:
semimajor axis as: ?
orbital period Ps: ?
eccentricity es: ?
normalized ang. mom. αL: ?

other data, system (combined):
absolute mag. H: 12.5 [MPC]
12.14 ± 0.2 [P07a]
slope parameter G: (0.15) [*A]
effective diameter dE: 8.42 ± 0.03 km [M11b]
geometric albedo: 0.232 ± 0.023 [M11b]
color index U-B: ?
color index B-V: ?
taxonomic type: ?
mass m: ?
density ρ: (1.6 g/cm3) [*A]
Hill radius rH: 1400 km [*E]

other data, primary:
diameter dp: 8.42 ± 0.03 km [M11b]
rotation period RPp: 4.4518 h [P07a]
amplitude in mag., rotational ΔM: 0.12 [P07a]
amplitude in mag., mutual events ΔM:0.04 [P07a]
pole direction Β, λ: ? , ?


other data, secondary:
diameter ds: ?
diameter ratio ds/dp: ?
component mag. difference ΔM: ?
rotation period RPs: 2.6404 h [P07a]

-- (2486) Metsahovi --discovery and notes:

Primary discovered 1939 Mar 22 from Turku, Finland by Y. Vaisala. Alternate designation(s): 1939 FY, 1961 TZ, 1970 FE, 1970 GN, 1975 WC, 1978 SW2. Linked to prediscovery observations from 1939 Feb 16. Permanent number assigned 1981 Nov 11.

Named 1983 May 26 for a farm near Helsinki, Finland [MPC7946].

Companion discovered 2006 Dec 12 by M. Pikler, M. Husarik, G. Cervak, W. Cooney, J. Gross, D. Terrell, P. Pravec, P. Kusnirak, A. Galad, J. Vilagi, L. Kornos, S. Gajdos, V. Reddy, and R. Dyvig using lightcurve observations from Skalnate Pleso Observatory; Sonoita Research Observatory, Sonoita, Arizona, USA; Ondrejov Observatory, Czech Republic; Modra Observatory, Slovakia; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; Badlands Observatory, Quinn, South Dakota, USA. Announced 2007 Feb 26 [P07a].

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