(248835) 2006 SX368
|Discovered by||A. C. Becker
A. W. Puckett
J. M. Kubica
|Discovery date||September 16, 2006|
|MPC designation||(145451) 2005 RM43|
|Orbital characteristics |
|Epoch 9 December 2014 (JD 2457000.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 2|
|103.76 yr (37,899 d)|
Average orbital speed
|Dimensions||75 ± 5 km|
|1 g/cm3 (assumed)|
(248835) 2006 SX368 //, also known as 2006 SX368, is a centaur orbiting in the outer Solar System between Saturn and Neptune. It was discovered on September 16, 2006 by Andrew Becker, Andrew Puckett and Jeremy Kubica at Apache Point Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico.
Centaurs have short dynamical lives due to strong interactions with the giant planets. The orbit of (248835) 2006 SX368 is unusually eccentric — near the perihelion it comes under influence of Uranus, while at the aphelion it travels slightly beyond the orbit of Neptune.
In 2010, thermal flux from (248835) 2006 SX368 in the far-infrared was measured by the Herschel Space Telescope. As a result, its equivalent size was estimated to lie within a range from 70 kilometres (43 mi) to 80 kilometres (50 mi).
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 2006 SX368" (2012-08-15 last obs). Retrieved September 2015.
- "List Of Centaurs and Scattered-Disk Objects". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- Muller, T.G.; Lellouch, E.; Stansberry, J.; et al. (2010). ""TNOs are Cool": A survey of the trans-Neptunian region I. Results from the Herschel science demonstration phase (SDP)". Astronomy and Astrophysics 518: L146. arXiv:1005.2923. Bibcode:2010A&A...518L.146M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201014683.
- Orbital simulation from JPL (Java) / Ephemeris
- Distant Minor Planets 248835 & 2009 MS9 (Remanzacco Observatory - August 15, 2012)
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