81 Terpsichore

81 Terpsichore
Orbital characteristics 1
Orbit type Main belt
Semimajor axis 2.854 AU
Perihelion distance 2.250 AU
Aphelion distance 3.457 AU
Orbital period 4.82 years
Inclination 7.81°
Eccentricity 0.211
Physical characteristics 1
Diameter 119.1 km
Rotation period 3 11.02 hours
Spectral class C
Albedo 4 0.051
Abs. magnitude 8.48
History 2
Discoverer E. W. Tempel, 1864

81 Terpsichore (turp-sik'-a-ree) is a large and very dark main belt asteroid. It has most likely a very primitive carbonaceous composition.

It was found by the prolific comet discoverer Ernst Tempel on September 30, 1864. It is named after Terpsichore, the Muse of dance in Greek mythology.

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