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2984 Chaucer

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2984 Chaucer
Discovery A (http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/lists/NumberedMPs.html)
Discoverer Edward L. G. Bowell
Discovery date December 30, 1981
Alternate
designations
1963 FB; 1965 UK1;
1971 FZ; 1971 JA;
1981 YD B (http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/MPDes.html)
Category Main belt (Nysa)
Orbital elements C (http://asteroid.lowell.edu/)
Epoch July 14, 2004 (JD 2453200.5)
Eccentricity (e) 0.134
Semi-major axis (a) 369.563 Gm (2.470 AU)
Perihelion (q) 320.030 Gm (2.139 AU)
Aphelion (Q) 419.096 Gm (2.801 AU)
Orbital period (P) 1418.218 d (3.88 a)
Mean orbital speed 18.95 km/s
Inclination (i) 3.053
Longitude of the
ascending node
(Ω)
81.857
Argument of
perihelion
(ω)
46.876
Mean anomaly (M) 258.692
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 27.2 km
Mass 2.11016 kg
Density 2.0 g/cm
Surface gravity 0.0076 m/s
Escape velocity 0.0144 km/s
Rotation period  ? d
Spectral class  ?
Absolute magnitude 13.1
Albedo 0.10
Mean surface
temperature
~177 K

2984 Chaucer is a small main belt asteroid, which was discovered by Edward L. G. Bowell in 1981. It is named after Geoffrey Chaucer, the medieval English poet.

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