11739 Baton Rouge

Small pieces of rock, with a big influence (just ask the dinosaurs).
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Christopher K.
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Location: Baton Rouge, LA

11739 Baton Rouge

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On 25 September 1998 Walt Cooney and Matt Collier discovered Baton Rouge while searching actively for such things.

This is the full text of the offical citation...
Baton Rouge, the Louisiana state capital, is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and derives its name, French for "red stick", from an Indian marker at the site seen by a French expedition in 1699. The city is home to the Highland Road Park Observatory, where this minor planet was discovered.

A sped-up view of thirty-three minutes of 11739 Baton Rouge's orbit, on 28 November 1999...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/images/sg27_animated_small.gif

More information:
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?orb=1;sstr=11739

Other asteroids discovered at HRPO:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/research/asteroid.html

Christopher K.
Posts: 5482
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Re: 11739 Baton Rouge

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The dream of current HRPO staff (BREC, LSU, BRAS) is to bring the south Baton Rouge sky back to a natural contrast, so they can both return the asteroid finding program to the Observatory and also perhaps start a comet astrometry (orbit data collecting) program.

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