5391 Emmons

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Emmons
Discovery and designation
Discovered byE. F. Helin
Discovery sitePalomar
Discovery dateSeptember 13, 1985
Designations
MPC designation5391
1985 RE2
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion2.8068413
Perihelion1.7128747
Eccentricity0.2420432
1240.8524615
256.68275
Inclination2.51066
336.52604
344.47287
Physical characteristics
13.2
 
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Emmons
Discovery and designation
Discovered byE. F. Helin
Discovery sitePalomar
Discovery dateSeptember 13, 1985
Designations
MPC designation5391
1985 RE2
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion2.8068413
Perihelion1.7128747
Eccentricity0.2420432
1240.8524615
256.68275
Inclination2.51066
336.52604
344.47287
Physical characteristics
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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