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9793 Torvalds
Discovery A
Discoverer Spacewatch
Discovery date January 16, 1996
Alternate
designations
B
1981 UX23; 1996 BW4
Category Main belt
Orbital elements C
Epoch March 6, 2006 (JD 2453800.5)
Eccentricity (e) 0.160
Semi-major axis (a) 337.277 Gm (2.255 AU)
Perihelion (q) 283.259 Gm (1.893 AU)
Aphelion (Q) 391.295 Gm (2.616 AU)
Orbital period (P) 1236.489 d (3.39 a)
Mean orbital speed 19.71 km/s
Inclination (i) 3.653°
Longitude of the
ascending node
(Ω)
72.463°
Argument of
perihelion
(ω)
343.918°
Mean anomaly (M) 60.138°
Physical characteristics D
Diameter  ? km
Mass  ? × 10? kg
Density  ? g/cm³
Surface gravity  ? m/s²
Escape velocity  ? km/s
Rotation period {{{rotation}}}
Spectral class  ?
Absolute magnitude 15.2
Albedo (geometric) 0.10?
Mean surface
temperature
~185 K

9793 Torvalds is an asteroid discovered on January 16, 1996 by Spacewatch.

The asteroid is named after Linus Torvalds, a Finnish software engineer best known for initiating the development of the Linux kernel.

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