(162173) 1999 JU3

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162173 1999 JU3
Discovered by LINEAR
Discovery date May 10, 1999
1999 JU3
Apollo asteroid
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 980 ± 29 m[1]
0.3178 ± 0.0003 d[citation needed]
Spectral type
C[citation needed]

(162173) 1999 JU3 is an Apollo asteroid. It is planned that the Japanese space probe Hayabusa 2 returns samples from this asteroid.

Discovery and naming[edit]

The asteroid was discovered in 1999 by the LINEAR project, and given the provisional designation 1999 JU3.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hasegawa, S. et al. (2008). "Albedo, Size, and Surface Characteristics of Hayabusa-2 Sample-Return Target 162173 1999 JU3 from AKARI". Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 60 (SP2): S399–S405. doi:10.1093/pasj/60.sp2.s399.