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Asteroid (183294) Langbroek

In August of 2008, the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced that asteroid number (183294), also known by its provisional designation 2002 TB382, would henceforth be officially named:

(183294) Langbroek

The suggestion to do so came from the discoverers of the object: Stefan Kürti (who found it in NEAT archive imagery) and the NEAT program. It is an honour that I cherish.

The naming citation was published in Minor Planet Circular #63643 and reads as follows:

(183294) Langbroek = 2002 TB382
Discovered 2002 Oct. 9 by NEAT at Palomar.
Marco Langbroek (b. 1970) is a Dutch archaeologist and amateur astronomer whose main interests lie in meteor astronomy. He is an avid meteor observer, active within the Dutch Meteor Society. The name was suggested by S. Kürti.

Asteroid (183294) Langbroek is a main belt asteroid orbiting between the planets Mars and Jupiter. It has an estimated size of approximately 2.5 kilometer and an orbital period of 5.3 years. It's orbital elements are as follows:

q = 2.69943 AU i = 6.3198 deg Q = 3.38040 AU
a = 3.03992 AU omega = 194.2685 deg H = 15.3
e = 0.122005 node = 105.88760 deg epoch = 2016-Jul-31.0

Asteroid (183294) Langbroek was discovered on images taken at Mt. Palomar on 9 October 2002 with the 1.2m Schmidt telescope of the NEAT project. Below is a stack of the three 60 second exposure CCD images, showing the asteroid as three dots on a line (because it moved inbetween each image, which were taken at approximately 20 minute intervals at 09:09:16 UTC, 09:27:39 UTC and 09:47:56 UTC):

(c) 2017 by Marco Langbroek