9951 Tyrannosaurus

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9951 Tyrannosaurus
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Orbit of 9951 Tyrannosaurus (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery and designation
Discovered by E. W. Elst
Discovery date November 15, 1990
Designations
MPC designation 9951 Tyrannosaurus
Named after
Tyrannosaurus
1990 VK5, 1974 OG1, 1992 EZ5
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2007
Aphelion 2.7255630 AU
Perihelion 2.125627 AU
2.425595 AU
Eccentricity 0.1236678
1379.8309270 d
297.22278°
Inclination 7.39167°
133.49973°
152.73564°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~17km[1]
~0.01
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
S-type asteroid[2]
14.0

9951 Tyrannosaurus is an S-type main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.78 years.[3]

Discovered on November 15, 1990 by E. W. Elst it was given the provisional designation "1990 VK5". On November 21, 2002 it was renamed "Tyrannosaurus" after Tyrannosaurus, a genus of large carnivorous dinosaur of the late Cretaceous.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tedesco E.F., Noah P.V., Noah M., Price S.D. "The supplemental IRAS minor planet survey (SIMPS)". 
  2. ^ Gianluca Masi, Sergio Foglia & Richard P. Binzel. "Search for Unusual Spectroscopic Candidates Among 40313 minor planets from the 3rd Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Moving Object Catalog". 
  3. ^ "9951 Tyrannosaurus (1990 VK5)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. 
  4. ^ MPC 47166 Minor Planet Center
  5. ^ "Nov. 2002 Asteroid/Comet News". Columbine, Inc.