(131696) 2001 XT254

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(131696) 2001 XT254
Discovery[1]
Discovered by Sheppard, S. S., Kleyna, J., Jewitt, D. C.
Discovery date 2001-12-09
Designations
MPC designation (131696) 2001 XT254
Minor planet category SDO[2]
3:7 resonance[3][4]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch November 30, 2008
Aphelion 69.386 AU (Q)
Perihelion 35.883 AU (q)
52.634 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.31825
381.87 yr
353.33° (M)
Inclination 0.51892 °
359.20°
133.54°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 133 km (assumed)[5]
Albedo 0.09 (assumed)
7.6[1]

(131696) 2001 XT254, provisionally known as 2001 XT254, is a Kuiper belt object (KBO)[2] that has a 3:7 resonance with Neptune.[3]

It will come to perihelion in 2015.[1]

Assuming a generic TNO albedo of 0.09, it is about 130 km in diameter.[5]

Resonance[edit]

Simulations by Emel’yanenko and Kiseleva in 2007 show that (131696) 2001 XT254 is librating in a 3:7 resonance with Neptune.[6] This libration can be stable for less than 100 million to billions of years.[6]

It has been observed 22 times over 4 oppositions.[1]

The trefoil libration of 2001 XT254. Jupiter in red, Saturn in yellow, and Uranus in blue. Neptune is the white dot at 5 o'clock.
The orbital period of 2001 XT254 around the 3:7 (2.333..) resonance of Neptune.

See also[edit]

(95625) 2002 GX32 has a similar resonant behavior.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 131696 (2001 XT254)" (2006-01-29 last obs). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b "List Of Centaurs and Scattered-Disk Objects". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  3. ^ a b Marc W. Buie. "Orbit Fit and Astrometric record for 131696" (2006-01-29 using 22 observations). SwRI (Space Science Department). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  4. ^ "MPEC 2009-A63 :Distant Minor Planets (2009 JAN. 29.0 TT)". Minor Planet Center. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  5. ^ a b Wm. Robert Johnston (22 August 2008). "List of Known Trans-Neptunian Objects". Johnston's Archive. Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  6. ^ a b Emel’yanenko, V. V; Kiseleva, E. L. (2008). "Resonant motion of trans-Neptunian objects in high-eccentricity orbits". Astronomy Letters 34 (4): 271–279. Bibcode:2008AstL...34..271E. doi:10.1134/S1063773708040075. 

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