9995 Alouette

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9995 Alouette
Orbit of 9995 Alouette (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery[1] and designation
Discovered by C. J. van Houten, I. van Houten-Groeneveld & T. Gehrels
Discovery date September 24, 1960
Named after
Alouette 1
4805 P-L, 1981 EP22
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2007
Aphelion 2.7785774 AU
Perihelion 2.0014784 AU
2.3900279 AU
Eccentricity 0.1625711
1349.5932326 d
Inclination 2.31692°
Physical characteristics
Surface temp. min mean max
S-type asteroid[2]

9995 Alouette is an S-type main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.69 years.[3]

Discovered on September 24, 1960 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on archived photographic plates made by T. Gehrels, it was given the provisional designation 4805 P-L. It was later renamed Alouette in honour of Alouette-1, the first Canadian satellite.


  1. ^ MPC 41571 Minor Planet Center
  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. ^ "9995 Alouette (4805 P-L)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. JPL.