(24952) 1997 QJ4

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(24952) 1997 QJ4
Discovered by Jane X. Luu, Chad Trujillo, David C. Jewitt, and K. Berney
Discovery date August 28, 1997
MPC designation (24952) 1997 QJ4
plutino (TNO)
Orbital characteristics
Epoch September 30, 2012 (JD 2456200.5)
Aphelion 48.038 AU
Perihelion 30.463 AU
39.251 AU
Eccentricity 0.224
Inclination 16.6°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 139 km
Albedo 0.09 (assumed)

(24952) 1997 QJ4, also written as 1997 QJ4, is a plutino and as such it is trapped in a 2:3 mean-motion resonance with Neptune. It was discovered on August 28, 1997 by Jane X. Luu, Chad Trujillo, David C. Jewitt and K. Berney. This object has a perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) at 30.463 AU and an aphelion (farthest approach from the Sun) at 48.038 AU, so it moves in a relatively eccentric orbit (0.224). It has an estimated diameter of 139 km; therefore, it is unlikely to be classified as a dwarf planet.


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