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2602 Moore Asteroid

This asteroid is named after the famous British Astronomy Television Presenter Sir Patrick Moore who died in 2012. He held the record of having presented the same programme for the longest.

Moore is an asteroid, a large rock that orbits the Sun mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They tend to be an irregular shaped but Ceres asteroid is known to be spherical in shape but because it doesn't clear its path round the Sun, it is only a dwarf planet. It was discovered on Jan 24 1982 by Edward L. G. Bowell. Its orbit takes 3.68 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 13 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The Aphelion of the object is 2.64199 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is furthest from the object that it is orbit. At this point, it will then return back to the orbit target. The Perihelion of the object is 2.12661 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around.

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.38431, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Moore orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 5.54015 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.108078, it is the degree at which Moore orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Moore Facts

Date of DiscoveryJan 24 1982
DiscovererEdward L. G. Bowell
Orbital Period3.68
Absolute Magnitude13
Aphelion (Furthest)2.64199 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)2.12661 A.U.
Semi-Major Axis2.38431
Orbital Inclination5.54015
Orbital Eccentricity0.108078

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