(386723) 2009 YE7
|Discovered by||David Rabinowitz|
|Discovery date||December 17, 2009|
|MPC designation||2009 YE7|
|Epoch July 23, 2010 (2455400.5)|
|Aphelion||50.7 AU (Q)|
|Perihelion||38.3 AU (q)|
|44.5 AU (a)|
Average orbital speed
|Albedo||assume 0.7 to 0.09|
(386723) 2009 YE7 is a trans-Neptunian object with an absolute magnitude (H) of 4.25. However, it only qualifies as a weak dwarf-planet candidate, since it is also suspected of being a highly reflective icy member of the Haumea family. It was discovered by David Rabinowitz on December 17, 2009 at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. When 2009 YE7 was first discovered, it was believed to have an absolute magnitude (H) of 2.8, which would have made it the first bright KBO found from the southern hemisphere.
The size of an object can be ascertained once its absolute magnitude (H) and its albedo (the proportion of light it reflects) are known. 2009 YE7 has an absolute magnitude (H) of 4.25. Since 2009 YE7 has an absolute magnitude dimmer than (H=1), it will not be overseen by two naming committees and will not automatically be listed as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
2009 YE7 has been found to be a member of the Haumea family fragment due to its Haumea-like orbit and the detection of water ice on its surface. This means 2009 YE7 could have an albedo of up to 0.7, resulting in a small size close to 200 kilometres (120 mi). However, its actual albedo is unknown. If its albedo turns out lower, it would result in a larger size estimate.
- (55636) 2002 TX300, known Haumea-family member
- Spitzer dwarf-planet candidates with estimated diameter > 600 kilometres (370 mi)
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- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 386723 (2009 YE7)" (last observation: 2010-09-12). Retrieved 2010-09-13.
- Assuming a Haumea-like albedo of 0.7
- Assuming an unlikely albedo of 0.09
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