(5407) 1992 AX

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(5407) 1992 AX
Discovery[1]
Discovered by Seiji Ueda and Hiroshi Kaneda
Discovery site Kushiro, Hokkaidō
Discovery date January 4, 1992
Designations
1987 BH2
Orbital characteristics[1][2]
Epoch November 4, 2013
Aphelion 351.38 Gm (2.3488 AU)
Perihelion 198.56 Gm (1.3273 AU)
274.96 Gm (1.8380 AU)
Eccentricity 0.2779
2.49 yr
192.99°
Inclination 11.389°
117.77°
108.72°
Known satellites 1
Proper orbital elements
0.3955 deg / yr
910.2402 yr
(332465.234 d)
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 4 km (2.5 mi)[3]
2.5488 h[1]
Albedo 0.16[2]
Spectral type
S[1]
13.9[1]

(5407) 1992 AX is a Mars-crossing minor planet. It was discovered by Seiji Ueda and Hiroshi Kaneda in Kushiro, Hokkaidō, on January 4, 1992.

Mars-Crossing[edit]

1992 AX makes occasional close approaches to Mars. Its next close approach, on January 22, 2027, will bring it 11,260,000 km (0.0753 AU) from Mars.[1]

Moon[edit]

1992 AX has one natural satellite, S/1997 (5407) 1. However, the true presence of a moon is still considered inconclusive.[2] If it exists, the moon completes one orbit around 1992 AX every 13.5196 hours at a distance of 6.8 km. S/1997 (5407) 1 is 1.2 km wide.[2] From the surface of 1992 AX, S/1997 (5407) 1 would have an angular diameter of roughly 14.3°.[a] For comparison, the Sun appears to be 0.5° from Earth.

Gallery[edit]

Orbit of 1992 AX

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Calculated by solving the equation  \scriptstyle{\mathrm{tan}\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right) = \frac{\mathrm{radius~of~moon}}{\mathrm{distance~from~surface~of~asteroid~to~center~of~moon}}}.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 5407 (1992 AX)". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 
  2. ^ a b c d Johnston, W.M. (September 1, 2005). "(5407) 1992 AX". Johnston Archive. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Two-Period Lightcurves of 1996 FG 3, 1998 PG, and (5407) 1992 AX: One Probable and Two Possible Binary Asteroids". The Icarus Journal 146 (1): 190–203. July 2000. Bibcode:2000Icar..146..190P. doi:10.1006/icar.2000.6375.