(149) Medusa

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(149 ) Medusa is an asteroid of the main asteroid belt, which was discovered on September 21, 1875 by Henri Joseph Perrotin. It was named after celestial bodies Medusa, one of the Gorgons of Greek mythology, the sight of which had each to stone.

Medusa moves at a distance of 2.032 ( perihelion ) astronomical units to 2,317 astronomical units ( aphelion ) in 3.21 years of the sun. The orbit is inclined 0.937 ° to the ecliptic, the orbital eccentricity is 0.066.

Medusa has a diameter of 20 km. It has a bright silicate- rich surface with an albedo of 0.23. In 26 hours, it rotates around its own axis.