::(423) Diotima




423 Diotima is one of the larger main-belt asteroids. It is classified as a C-type asteroid<ref name=jpldata/> and is probably composed of primitive carbonaceous material.

It was discovered by Auguste Charlois on December 7, 1896, in Nice. In the late 1990s, a network of astronomers worldwide gathered lightcurve data that was ultimately used to derive the spin states and shape models of 10 new asteroids, including 423 Diotima. The light curve for this asteroid varies "a lot" depending on the position, with the brightness variations ranging from almost zero to up to 0.2 in magnitude.<ref name="Durech2007"/><ref>Durech, J.; Kaasalainen, M.; Marciniak, A.; Allen, W. H. et al. “Asteroid brightness and geometry,” Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 465, Issue 1, April I 2007, pp. 331-337.</ref> Dunham (2002) used 15 chords and obtained an estimated size of 171 x 138 km.<ref name=Vasundhara2006>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

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