::(40) Harmonia



{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} 40 Harmonia {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} is a large main-belt asteroid. It was discovered by German-French astronomer Hermann Goldschmidt on March 31, 1856,<ref name="IAU_MPC"/> and named after Harmonia, the Greek goddess of harmony. The name was chosen to mark the end of the Crimean War.

The spectrum of 40 Harmonia matches an S-type in the Tholen classification system, and is similar to primitive achondrite meteorites.<ref name="Hiroi1993"/>

Photometric observations at the Organ Mesa Observatory in Las Cruces, New Mexico during 2008–09 were used to generate a light curve that showed four unequal minima and maxima per cycle. The curve shows a period of 8.909 ± 0.001 hours with a brightness variation of 0.28 ± 0.02 in magnitude. This result is compatible with previous studies.<ref name="Pilcher2009"/>

Speckle interferometric observations carried out with the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory during 1982–84 failed to discover a satellite companion.<ref name="Roberts1995"/> In 1988 a search for satellites or dust orbiting this asteroid was performed using the UH88 telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatories, but the effort came up empty.<ref name="Gradie1988"/>

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