Pittsburghia

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Pittsburghia

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Pittsburghia, asteroid 484 (the 484th asteroid to be discovered, on April 29, 1902), is approximately 32 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.4 years. Pittsburghia is named after the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The asteroid’s unusual name led to its inclusion in The Asteroid Ephemeris: Dudu, Dembowska, Pittsburgh, Frigga, Batya Stark and Mark Pottenger’s tour de force of astrological humor.

Sources:

Kowal, Charles T. Asteroids: Their Nature and Utilization. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Ellis Horwood Limited, 1988.
Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Astronomical Names. London: Routledge, 1988.
Stark, Batya and Mark Pottenger. The Asteroid Ephemeris: Dudu, Dembowska, Pittsburgh, Frigga. San Diego: Astro Computing Services, 1982.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.