|Properties of the orbit ( animation )|
|Orbit type||Middle main belt asteroid|
|Major semi-axis||2.7895 AU|
|Perihelion - aphelion||2.1788 AU - 3.4001 AU|
|Inclination of the orbit plane||24.9869 °|
|Length of the ascending node||24.9869 °|
|Argument of the periapsis||58.3042 °|
|Sidereal period||4.66 a|
|Absolute brightness||13.2 mag|
|Explorer||Eric Walter Elst|
|Date of discovery||September 18, 1998|
|Another name||1998 SE 144 , 1984 UD 2|
|Source: Unless otherwise stated, the data comes from JPL Small-Body Database Browser . The affiliation to an asteroid family is automatically determined from the AstDyS-2 database . Please also note the note on asteroid items.|
(46977) Krakow is an asteroid of the main central belt , which was discovered on September 18, 1998 by the Belgian astronomer Eric Walter Elst at the La Silla Observatory of the European Southern Observatory in Chile ( IAU code 809). Unconfirmed sightings of the asteroid had already been made on October 29 and 30, 1984 under the provisional designation 1984 UD 2 at the Kleť Observatory near Český Krumlov .
The solar orbit of (46977) Krakow is strongly elliptical with an eccentricity of 0.2189 and strongly inclined with more than 24 ° compared to the ecliptic of the solar system .
The asteroid was named after the Polish city of Krakow on May 20, 2008 .
- Photograph of the asteroid in front of the spiral galaxy Messier 61 (the asteroid can be seen in the photo above M61)
- (46977) Krakow in the database of the "Asteroids - Dynamic Site" (AstDyS-2, English).
- (46977) Krakow in the Small-Body Database of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (English).
- Discovery Circumstances of (46977) Krakow according to the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge , Massachusetts (English)
- ↑ (46977) Krakow at the IAU Minor Planet Center (English)