5391 Emmons

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Emmons
Discovery and designation
Discovered byE. F. Helin
Discovery sitePalomar
Discovery dateSeptember 13, 1985
Designations
MPC designation5391
Alternative names1985 RE2
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion2.8068413
Perihelion1.7128747
Eccentricity0.2420432
Orbital period1240.8524615
Mean anomaly256.68275
Inclination2.51066
Longitude of ascending node336.52604
Argument of perihelion344.47287
Physical characteristics
Absolute magnitude (H)13.2
 
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Emmons
Discovery and designation
Discovered byE. F. Helin
Discovery sitePalomar
Discovery dateSeptember 13, 1985
Designations
MPC designation5391
Alternative names1985 RE2
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion2.8068413
Perihelion1.7128747
Eccentricity0.2420432
Orbital period1240.8524615
Mean anomaly256.68275
Inclination2.51066
Longitude of ascending node336.52604
Argument of perihelion344.47287
Physical characteristics
Absolute magnitude (H)13.2

5391 Emmons (1985 RE2) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on September 13, 1985 by E. F. Helin at Palomar. Its name honors Richard Emmons (1919-2005), who was a longtime professor of physics and astronomy at Kent State University and known as "Mr. Astronomy" to the thousands of children and residents who looked at the heavens through his homemade telescopes. From the 1950s to 1963, school children, Boy Scouts, church groups and community organizations visited his North Canton garage, known as the "The Star Barn," which he had converted into the area's only planetarium. It seated 38. Emmons was also an early observer of artificial satellites.

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