|Discovered by||Henry G. Roe, Michael E. Brown, Kristina M. Barkume|
|Discovery date||September 22, 2004|
|MPC designation||(120347) 2004 SB60|
|Pronunciation||// or //|
|Minor planet category||Cubewano (MPC)
|Semi-major axis||42.1889 AU|
|Orbital period||274.03 yr (100091 d)|
|Longitude of ascending node||280.1885°|
|Argument of perihelion||311.078°|
4.66×1020 kg (system mass)
|Sidereal rotation period||6.09 h|
|Absolute magnitude (H)||4.2|
120347 Salacia is a trans-Neptunian object that resides in the Kuiper belt. It was discovered on September 22, 2004, by Henry G. Roe, Michael E. Brown, and Kristina M. Barkume at the Palomar Observatory. It is probably a dwarf planet. Salacia's diameter is estimated to be 850 km due to a low albedo.
Salacia orbits the Sun at an average distance slightly greater than that of Pluto.
Even though Salacia has an inclination of 24°, it is not a member of the Haumea family since the near infrared spectrum is basically featureless and shows less than 5% water ice. The total mass of the Salacia–Actaea system is (4.66±0.22)×1020 kg. From the relative diameters about 96% of this mass should be in Salacia itself. Salacia has the lowest albedo and density known of any TNO that big.
Salacia has one natural satellite, Actaea, that orbits its primary every 5.494 days at a distance of 5619±87 km and with an eccentricity of e= 0.0084±0.0076. It has a diameter of 286±24 km to 303±35 km. It was discovered on 21 July 2006 by Keith S. Noll, Harold Levison, Denise Stephens and Will Grundy with the Hubble Space Telescope.
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- sal-AY-shee-ə, sə-LAY-shə
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