::(38) Leda



{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} 38 Leda {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} is a large, dark main-belt asteroid that was discovered by French astronomer J. Chacornac on January 12, 1856, and named after Leda, the mother of Helen of Troy in Greek mythology. In the Tholen classification system, it is categorized as a carbonaceous C-type asteroid, while the Bus asteroid taxonomy system lists it as a Cgh asteroid.<ref name="DeMeo2011"/>

Leda has been studied by radar.<ref name="detected"/> During 2002, 38 Leda was observed by radar from the Arecibo Observatory. The return signal matched an effective diameter of 116 ± 13 km. This is consistent with the asteroid dimensions computed through other means.<ref name="icarus186_1_126"/> Based upon a light curve that was generated from photometric observations of this asteroid at Pulkovo Observatory, it has a rotation period of 12.834 ± 0.001 hours and varies in brightness by 0.15 ± 0.01 in magnitude.<ref name="Pilcher2011"/>

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