5143 Heracles

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Heracles
Discovery and designation
Discovered by Shoemaker, C. S.
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date November 7, 1991
Designations
MPC designation 5143
Named after
Heracles
1991 VL
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch August 27, 2011 (JD 2455800.5)
Aphelion 3.24995768 AU
Perihelion 0.41793075 AU
1.833944219 AU
Eccentricity 0.77211370
2.48363279 yr (907.146878 d)
300.40904°
Inclination 9.033253°
309.58979°
227.69560°
Physical characteristics
14.0

5143 Heracles (1991 VL) is an Apollo asteroid, Mercury grazer, Mars crosser and near-Earth object discovered on November 7, 1991 by Shoemaker, C. S. at Palomar Observatory.

It was discovered to be a binary asteroid by Arecibo Observatory in December 2011.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ JPL Small-Body Database Browser on 5143 Heracles Retrieved 2011-09-02
  2. ^ Dr. Lance A. M. Benner (2013-11-18). "Binary and Ternary near-Earth Asteroids detected by radar". NASA/JPL Asteroid Radar Research. Retrieved 2014-03-01.