43 Ariadne

43 Ariadne
Orbital characteristics 1
Orbit type Main belt (Flora)
Semimajor axis 2.203 AU
Perihelion distance 1.834 AU
Aphelion distance 2.573 AU
Orbital period 3.27 years
Inclination 3.47°
Eccentricity 0.168
Physical characteristics 1
Diameter 65.9 km
Rotation period 3 5.762 hours
Spectral class S
Abs. magnitude 7.93
Albedo 4 0.274
History 2
Discoverer N. R. Pogson, 1857

43 Ariadne (air'-ee-ad'-nee) is a fairly large and bright main belt asteroid. It is also a member of the Flora asteroid family.

It was discovered by N. R. Pogson on April 15, 1857 and named after the Greek heroine Ariadne.

For reasons unknown, "ASTEROID 43 ARIADNE" was included in a list of names of supporters of the NASA spacecraft Stardust that was stored on a microchip within the spacecraft.

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