(65407) 2002 RP120
|Discovered by||Brian A. Skiff/LONEOS|
|Discovery date||September 4, 2002|
|Minor planet category||Damocloid asteroid,
Scattered disk object
|Epoch April 10, 2007 (JD 2454200.5)|
|Aphelion||106.71 AU (16366.658 Gm) (Q)|
(369.948 Gm) (q)
(8368.303 Gm) (a)
|403.35 a (147,324.96 d)|
Average orbital speed
|200 h (8.33 d)|
(65407) 2002 RP120 (also written (65407) 2002 RP120) holds the distinction of being the most eccentric of the numbered asteroids (as of July 2004). It is also a member of the very exclusive group of retrograde asteroids, which has only two numbered members (the other one is 20461 Dioretsa). Its classification is uncertain, as it is at once a Damocloid (a highly eccentric, highly inclined object likely to be an extinct comet) and a scattered-disc object (a trans-Neptunian object with a very eccentric orbit, probably ejected from the ecliptic by Neptune).
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 65407 (2002 RP120)". Retrieved 2008-02-06.
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