(120216) 2004 EW95

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(120216) 2004 EW95
Discovered by Kitt Peak
Discovery date 2004-03-14
MPC designation (120216) 2004 EW95
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch June 18, 2009 (2455000.5)
Aphelion 51.902 AU (Q)
Perihelion 26.954 AU (q)
39.428 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.31636
247.59 yr
347.10° (M)
Inclination 29.295°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~175 km (assumed)[4]
Albedo 0.09 (assumed)

(120216) 2004 EW95, provisionally known as 2004 EW95, is a plutino, like Pluto, in a 2:3 resonance with Neptune.[2][3] For every 2 orbits that a plutino makes, Neptune orbits 3 times.

Inside the orbit of Neptune[edit]

EW95 is currently 27.6 AU from the Sun,[5] and will come to perihelion (q=26.95 AU) in 2018.[1] This means that this object is currently inside the orbit of the planet Neptune. Like Pluto, this plutino spends part of its orbit closer to the Sun than Neptune is even though their orbits are controlled by Neptune. Simulations by the Deep Ecliptic Survey (DES) show that over the next 10 million years EW95 can acquire a perihelion distance (qmin) as small as 24.8 AU.[3]

This small plutino is currently well inside the orbit of Neptune even though its orbit is controlled by Neptune.

Probable dwarf planet Huya and plutino (15875) 1996 TP66 are also currently inside the orbit of Neptune.

EW95 comes within 9 AU of Uranus and stays more than 21 AU from Neptune over a 14,000 year period.[6]

Assuming a generic trans-Neptunian object albedo of 0.09, EW95 is about 175 km in diameter.[4]

It has been observed 44 times over 6 oppositions and has an orbit quality of 2.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 120216 (2004 EW95)" (last observation: 2009-03-31). Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b "MPEC 2009-E53 :Distant Minor Planets (2009 MAR. 30.0 TT)". Minor Planet Center. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Marc W. Buie. "Orbit Fit and Astrometric record for 120216" (last observation: 2009-05-26 using 44 observations). SwRI (Space Science Department). Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  4. ^ a b Wm. Robert Johnston (22 August 2008). "List of Known Trans-Neptunian Objects". Johnston's Archive. Archived from the original on 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^ a b "AstDys (120216) 2004EW95 Ephemerides". Department of Mathematics, University of Pisa, Italy. Archived from the original on 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  6. ^ "MPEC 2004-H77 : 2004 EW95". Minor Planet Center. 2004-04-26. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 

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