1869 Philoctetes

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1869 Philoctetes
Discovery[1]
Discovered by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels
Discovery date September 24, 1960
Designations
Named after
Philoctetes
4596 P-L
Minor planet category Jupiter Trojan
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch February 04, 2008 (JD 2454500.5)
Aphelion 841.116 Gm (5.623 AU)
Perihelion 734.687 Gm (4.911 AU)
787.901 Gm (5.267 AU)
Eccentricity 0.068
4414.873 d(12.09 a)
12.96 km/s
317.620°
Inclination 3.967°
44.139°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ? km
Mass ?×10? kg
Mean density
? g/cm³
? m/s²
? km/s
? d
?
?
Albedo 0.10
Temperature ~121 K
Spectral type
?
11.0

1869 Philoctetes is a Jupiter Trojan asteroid that orbits in the L4 Lagrangian point of the Sun-Jupiter system, in the "Greek Camp" of Trojan asteroids. It was named after the Greek hero Philoctetes, who fought during the Trojan War. It was discovered by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels on September 24, 1960 in Palomar, California at the Palomar Observatory. 1868 Thersites was also discovered the same day by the same group.

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