::(32) Pomona



{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} 32 Pomona is a stony main-belt asteroid that is 81 km across. It was discovered by German-French astronomer Hermann Mayer Salomon Goldschmidt on October 26, 1854,<ref name="IAU_MPC"/> and is named after Pōmōna, the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

Photometric observations of this asteroid gave a light curve with a synodic rotation period of 9.448 hours. The data was used to construct a model for the asteroid, revealing it to be an angular object that is spinning about a pole with ecliptic coordinates (β, λ) = (+58°, 267°). The ratio of the major to minor axes' lengths is roughly equal to 1.3.<ref name="Kaasalainen2002"/>

The spectrum of 32 Pomona matches an S-type in the Tholen classification system, and is similar to primitive achondrite meteorites.<ref name="Hiroi1993"/> Measurements of the thermal inertia of 32 Pomona give a value of around 20–120 m−2 K−1 s−1/2, compared to 50 for lunar regolith and 400 for coarse sand in an atmosphere.<ref name="Delbo2009"/>

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