106 Dione

106 Dione
Orbital characteristics 1
Orbit type Main belt
Semimajor axis 3.168 AU
Perihelion distance 2.615 AU
Aphelion distance 3.722 AU
Orbital period 5.64 years
Inclination 4.62°
Eccentricity 0.175
Physical characteristics 1
Diameter 146.6 km
Rotation period 15 hours
Spectral class G
Abs. magnitude 7.41
Albedo 4 0.089
History 2
Discoverer J. C. Watson, 1868

106 Dione is a large main belt asteroid. It probably has a composition similar to 1 Ceres.

It was discovered by J. C. Watson on October 10, 1868 and named after Dione, a Titan in Greek mythology.

Dione occulted a dim star on January 19, 1983. A diameter of 147 km was observed, closely matching the value acquired by the IRAS satellite.

One of Saturn's satellites is also named Dione.

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