Eros

(1898 DQ )
CURRENT POSITION: 1 GEM 48
Incl: 10.83052
Eccent: 0.222994
Period: 1.7608855723188 years
AU 1.4581673
Type: 1804

Discovery Chart

13.8.1898 00:00 Berlin 24e45 59n26 observations 0

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Named after the Greek god of love (in Latin called Cupido or Amor), son of Mercury and Venus. He protected the beautiful Psyche {see planet  (16)} from the vengeance of his mother and when he later married her she became immortal. See also the citation for planet  (763). (H 47)

This is the first minor planet with a male name. Named by G. Witt (AN 148, 175 (1899)).

On 14 February 2001, the NEAR spacecraft touched down on asteroid Eros. This is the first time a spacecraft has "landed" to an asteroid. Eros became only the fifth celestial body touched by a human spacecraft, following the Moon, Mars, Venus and Jupiter.

Discovered on 13-8-1898 in Berlin by Witt, G.

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