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Photo of the asteroid Mathilde
253 Mathilde

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Mean distance from the star Sun 396.470.000 km
2,6502 AU
Minimum distance from the star Sun (perihelion) 291.380.000 km
Maximum distance from the star Sun (aphelion) 501.580.000 km
Orbital period around the star Sun (sideric) 4,31 y
Orbital inclination 6,7091 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the star Sun 0,2651
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Discovered by Johann Palisa 1885
Mass 1,033 × 1017 kg
Equatorial radius 26,4 km
Mean density 1,34 g/cm³
Rotational period 17,401 d
Albedo 0,05
Apparent magnitude + 10,2 mvis
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The name for this asteroid was suggested by V.A. Lebeuf, a staff member of the Paris Observatory who first computed an orbit for the new asteroid. The name is thought to honor the wife of astronomer Moritz Loewy, then the vice director of the Paris Observatory.

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