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(17058) Rocknroll

Minor planet number 17058 has been named in honor of the Rock'n'roll genre of modern popular music.

The citation announcing the naming appeared on Minor Planet Circular 43046 (issued on 2001 July 5), from which the following is extracted with permission:

(17058) Rocknroll = 1999 GA5                                                    
     Discovered 1999 Apr. 13 by J. Broughton at Reedy Creek Observatory.        
     Rock and roll music, which had its roots in African-American rhythm and    
blues, remains a prominent form of popular music worldwide since hitting        
the charts in the 1950s.                                                        
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About (17058) Rocknroll

(17058) Rocknroll is in a 4.13-year elliptical orbit around the sun ranging in distance from 358.1 million km (at perihelion, closest point to the sun) to 412.2 million km (at aphelion, furthest point from the sun).

The next perihelion passage will occur on 2010 May 15.5 UT.

The orbit is inclined by 14.9 degrees to the ecliptic plane (the plane of the earth's orbit about the sun).

There is little information on the physical properties of (17058) Rocknroll. Even its diameter is uncertain--a range of 5 to 10 km is probable.

You will need a telescope to see this minor planet as its maximum brightness is some 1/14683 of the brightness of the faintest objects that can be seen with the unaided eye.

The diagram below show the orbit of (17058) Rocknroll 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 (17058) Rocknroll tonight? Customisable ephemerides are available.

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