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(5945) Roachapproach

Minor planet number 5945 has been named in honor of Steve Roach.

The citation announcing the naming appeared on Minor Planet Circular 31296 (issued on 1998 Feb. 11), from which the following is extracted with permission:

(5945) Roachapproach = 1984 SQ3                                                 
     Discovered 1984 Sept. 28 by B. A. Skiff at the Anderson Mesa Station       
of Lowell Observatory.                                                          
     Named in honor of Steve Roach, musician and composer of `space music'.     
Among the most progressive performers in the genre, his prolific output         
includes seminal works such as “Structures from Silence” (1984), “Dreamtime     
Return” (1988) and “The Magnificent Void” (1996).  His mixture of               
heavily-processed electronic sounds with primitive woodwinds and percussion     
conveys powerful impressions of spatial immensity.  These have inspired the     
discoverer through endless nights at the telescope.  Name suggested by          
L. Kohanov.                                                                     
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About (5945) Roachapproach

(5945) Roachapproach is in a 3.32-year elliptical orbit around the sun ranging in distance from 284.9 million km (at perihelion, closest point to the sun) to 381.1 million km (at aphelion, furthest point from the sun).

The next perihelion passage will occur on 2010 Nov. 28.5 UT.

The orbit is inclined by 4.9 degrees to the ecliptic plane (the plane of the earth's orbit about the sun).

There is little information on the physical properties of (5945) Roachapproach. Even its diameter is uncertain--a range of 6 to 12 km is probable.

You will need a telescope to see this minor planet as its maximum brightness is some 1/2707 of the brightness of the faintest objects that can be seen with the unaided eye.

The diagram below show the orbit of (5945) Roachapproach in relation to the major planets in the inner solar system.

Orbit diagram

This view of the inner solar system is seen from the north ecliptic pole. The sun is the yellow star at the center of the image. The blue orbits represent, in increasing distance from the center, the major planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter. The position of each major planet at the date indicated at the bottom of the plot is shown by the large circled cross. The orbit of the minor planet is shown in red, with the location of the minor planet (at the date indicated at the bottom of the plot) shown as a white circled cross. From this vantage point the planets revolve around the sun in a counter clockwise direction. The vernal equinox is off to the right. The portion of the minor planet's orbit that is below the plane of the earth's orbit is shaded grey. The perihelion point of the minor planet's orbit is at the end of the white straight line through the sun indicated by "P".

Also available is information on provisional designations.

Where is (5945) Roachapproach tonight? Customisable ephemerides are available.

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