Asteroid 318 Magdalena, discovered on September 24th 1891 by Auguste Charlois, is a main belt asteroid of about 105 to 106 km diameter, of unknown composition. The reason the name was chosen remains a mystery.
This makes it very difficult to say anything much of interest about this object, leading to a very short blog. I’ll fill this one out a little with the orbital facts and figures for our mysterious friend Magdalena.
|Orbital period||5.71 years|
|orbital speed||16.67 km/sec|
|Semi-major axis||3.194 AU|
|Longitude of ascending node||161.671°|
|Argument of Perihelion||300.312°|
(Epoch – Jan 20, 2005).
ALSO TODAY . . . .
1964 – Launch of Kosmos 46 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Kosmos 46 spent 8 days in orbit, taking in the view and photographing it, before returning a capsule of film by parachute.