(172) Baucis

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(172) Baucis
Properties of the orbit ( animation )
Orbit type Main belt
Major semi-axis 2,379  AU
eccentricity 0.114
Perihelion - aphelion 2.107 AU - 2.651 AU
Inclination of the orbit plane 10 °
Length of the ascending node 332.1 °
Argument of the periapsis 359.8 °
Time of passage of the perihelion February 16, 2011
Sidereal period 3 a 245 d
Mean orbital velocity 19.2 km / s
Physical Properties
Medium diameter 62 km
Albedo 0.14
Rotation period 27 h 25 min
Absolute brightness 8.79 likes
Spectral class S (Tholen classification)
L (SMASS classification)
Explorer A. Borrelly
Date of discovery February 5, 1877
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(172) Baucis is an asteroid of the main belt , which on 5 February 1877 by French astronomer Alphonse Louis Nicolas Borrelly was discovered.

The asteroid was named after Baucis , who , according to Greek mythology, entertained the god Zeus with her husband Philemon . Baucis and Philemon were rewarded by Zeus for their hospitality with the fact that they were allowed to die together and, after their death, were transformed into two trees that touch the branches as a token of their love.

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