2013 AZ60

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2013 AZ60
Discovery[1]
Discovered by Mt. Lemmon Survey
Discovery date January 10, 2013
Designations
trans-Neptunian object
Centaur[2]
Oort cloud object
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 2013-apr-08 (JD 2456400.5)
Aphelion 1951.86 AU (Q)
Perihelion 7.9111 AU (q)
979.88 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.99192
30,674 years (~11,203,400 days)
359.98°
Inclination 16.518°
349.24°
157.81°
Known satellites none known
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~40km[3]
10.1[2]

2013 AZ60 is a small Solar System body (extended centaur)[2] from the scattered disk or Oort cloud. 2013 AZ60 has the 4th largest semi-major axis of a minor planet not detected outgassing like a comet[4] (2013 BL76, 2005 VX3 and 2012 DR30 have a larger semi-major axis).

2013 AZ60 will come to perihelion in November 2014 at a distance of 7.9 AU from the Sun (inside of the orbit of Saturn). With an absolute magnitude (H) of 10.1,[2] 2013 AZ60 has an estimated diameter of 40 km.[3] Comet Hale–Bopp, which is roughly the same size, was not discovered until it was 7.2 AU from the Sun and had started outgassing CO. 2013 AZ60 may be discovered to be cometary as it comes to perihelion.

It will come to opposition on 30 January 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 AZ60". Seicchi Yoshida's Home Page. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "2013 AZ60". IAU minor planet center. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Search Engine: Asteroids and a > 100 (AU)". JPL Solar System Dynamics. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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