1995 GJ

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1995 GJ
Discovery and designation
Discovered by David C. Jewitt,
J. Chen
Discovery date April 3, 1995
Designations
Minor planet category Trans-Neptunian object
(cubewano?)
Orbital characteristicsMPC 25185
Epoch 2449800.5 (March 24, 1995)
Aphelion 46.808074 AU (Q)
Perihelion 39.006389 AU (q)
42.907232 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.090913 (assumed)[1]
281.06 a
359.9649° (M)
Inclination 22.9304 °
338.9289
180.2909°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 110–240 km H
22.9 (Opposition)
7.0

1995 GJ with an inclination of 22.9° may be the first cubewano (classical KBO) discovered to have an inclination greater than 20 degrees. Most cubewanos have inclinations of less than 10 degrees.

Using the assumed eccentricity[1] of this asteroid, 1995 GJ may come to opposition in mid March of each year at an apparent magnitude of 22.9. Unfortunately, this object was only observed six times over the two nights of 1995 April 3–4, so the orbit is very inaccurate,[2] and the asteroid is lost.

1995 GJ was discovered by David C. Jewitt and J. Chen at the Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii using the 88-inch (2.2-meter) University of Hawaii telescope.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MPEC 1995-G07: 1995 GJ". Minor Planet Center. 1995-04-07. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  2. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: (1995 GJ)". Retrieved 2008-05-22. 

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