52872 Okyrhoe (//; from Greek: Ωκυρόη, Ωκυρρόη) is a centaur orbiting in the outer Solar System between Jupiter and Neptune. It was discovered on September 19, 1998, by Spacewatch.
Centaurs have short dynamical lives due to strong interactions with the giant planets. Okyrhoe (1998 SG35) is estimated to have an orbital half-life of about 670 kiloannum.
Of objects listed as a centaur by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), JPL, and the Deep Ecliptic Survey (DES), Okyrhoe has the second smallest perihelion distance. Recently discovered 2008 QD4 has a smaller perihelion distance.
52872 Okyrhoe passed perihelion
in early 2008 and brightened noticeably.
Okyrhoe passed perihelion in early 2008, and exhibited important magnitude variations during March and April 2008. This could be a sign of sublimation of volatiles.
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