41 Daphne

41 Daphne
Orbital characteristics 1
Orbit type Main belt
Semimajor axis 2.765 AU
Perihelion distance 2.014 AU
Aphelion distance 3.516 AU
Orbital period 4.60 years
Inclination 15.77°
Eccentricity 0.272
Physical characteristics 1
Diameter 174 km
Rotation period 3 5.988 hours
Spectral class C
Abs. magnitude 7.12
Albedo 4 0.083
History 2
Discoverer H. Goldschmidt, 1856

41 Daphne (daf'-nee) is a large Main belt asteroid. This dark-surfaced body is likely composed of primitive carbonaceous chondrites.

It was discovered by H. Goldschmidt on May 22, 1856 and named after Daphne, the nymph in Greek mythology who was turned into a laurel tree.

Daphne has been observed to occult stars three times (all in 1990s).

Daphnean lightcurves suggest that the asteroid is irregular in shape.

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