What Is (43956) Elidoro?Did you hear about (43956) Elidoro?It's a main-belt asteroid
. The main asteroid belt is the circumstellar disc in the Solar System located roughly between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter. It is occupied by numerous irregularly shaped bodies called asteroids or minor planets.
The asteroid belt is termed the main asteroid belt or main-belt to distinguish it from other asteroid populations in the Solar System such as near-Earth asteroids and trojan asteroids.
► Take a look at Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Small-Body Database>>http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=43956
►...and at IAU Minor Planet Center>>http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_object?object_id=43956
► Watch the interactive orbit sketch of (43956) Elidoro>>http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_orbit?utf8=%E2%9C%93&object_id=43956&epoch=2016-07-31.0&number=43956&designation=&name=Elidoro&peri=159.2122994&m=81.01292&node=355.4091421&incl=2.6154883&e=0.112045562&a=2.3929501&commit=Interactive+Orbit+Sketch
Discovered at Sormano (Italy)
on 1997-02-07 by P. Sicoli and F. Manca
, (43956) Elidoro was designated also as 1997 CD7
It was named after Claudio Elidoro
(b. 1956), a graduate in astronomy from Bologna University. He is active in the popularization of science and has written many articles for Italian astronomical magazines about the minor bodies of the solar system. +Claudio Elidoro
is here on Google+.
► Image explanation
: the orbits of main belt asteroids are generally stable, and in a first approximation, they can be thought to be regular and elliptical, following the classical Kepler's Formula. In the reality these orbits are not perfectly circular, and are inclined on the plane where the solar system lies. Moreover, because of the gravitational influences of Mars and Jupiter, the orbits are not uniformly distributed over the main belt where some relatively empty regions, called Kirkwood gaps
, exist. (43956) Elidoro is there.
► Image source>> http://spaceguard.rm.iasf.cnr.it/NScience/neo/images/ast-mainbelt.gif#SolarSystem
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