(8201) 1994 AH2

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(8201) 1994 AH2
Discovery [1]
Discovered by G. J. Garradd
Discovery site Siding Spring Obs.
Discovery date 5 January 1994
Designations
MPC designation (8201) 1994 AH2
1994 AH2
Apollo · NEO[1]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 16 February 2017 (JD 2457800.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 34.86 yr (12,731 days)
Aphelion 4.3326 AU
Perihelion 0.7436 AU
2.5381 AU
Eccentricity 0.7070
4.04 yr (1,477 days)
236.73°
0° 14m 37.32s / day
Inclination 9.5549°
164.12°
25.106°
Earth MOID 0.1017 AU
Jupiter MOID 0.6611 AU
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 1.859±0.183 km[2][3]
2.17 km (calculated)[4]
2.2 km[5]
23.949 h[5][6]
24 h[a]
0.15 (estimated)[5]
0.154±0.042[2][3]
0.18 (assumed)[4]
SMASS = O[1] · O[4][5]
15.8[1][4] · 16.3[2][5]

(8201) 1994 AH2 is a highly eccentric, rare-type asteroid, classified as near-Earth object of the Apollo group of asteroids, approximately 2 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 5 January 1994, by Australian amateur astronomer Gordon Garradd during the AANEAS survey at the Siding Spring Observatory, Australia.[7]

The rare O-type asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 0.7–4.3 AU once every 4.04 years (1,477 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.71 and an inclination of 10° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] It has an Earth minimum orbital intersection distance of 0.1017 AU (15,200,000 km), which corresponds to 39 lunar distances. Due to its elongated orbit, it also approaches the orbit of Jupiter within 0.1022 AU (15,300,000 km).[1] On 4 January 2079, it will pass 0.3595 AU (53,800,000 km) from the Earth.[8] The first precovery was taken at the discovering observatory in 1981, extending the asteroid's observation arc by 13 years prior to its discovery.[7]

In the late 1990s, Czech astronomer Petr Pravec obtained two rotational light-curves for this asteroid from photometric observations taken at the Ondřejov Observatory, Czech Republic. They gave a longer-than average rotation period of 23.949 and 24 hours with a brightness variation of 0.27 and 0.3 magnitude, respectively (U=2/n.a.).[6][a]

According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the asteroid measures 1.86 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.154.[2][3] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes an albedo of 0.18 and calculates a diameter of 2.17 kilometers, based on an absolute magnitude of 15.8.[4] American astronomer Richard Binzel gives a diameter of 2.2 kilometers.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pravec (1998) web: Observation from 15 July 1998. Rotation period 24 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.3 mag. No quality rating available. Summary figures at Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link (CALL) for (8201) and Pravec, P.; Wolf, M.; Sarounova, L. (1998)
  1. ^ a b c d e f g "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 8201 (1994 AH2)" (2016-10-24 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; et al. (November 2011). "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results" (PDF). The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 25. arXiv:1109.6407Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J.; Masiero, J.; McMillan, R. S.; Cutri, R. M.; et al. (December 2011). "NEOWISE Observations of Near-Earth Objects: Preliminary Results". The Astrophysical Journal. 743 (2): 17. arXiv:1109.6400Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...743..156M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/743/2/156. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "LCDB Data for (8201)". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Binzel, R. P.; Lupishko, D.; di Martino, M.; Whiteley, R. J.; Hahn, G. J. (March 2002). "Physical Properties of Near-Earth Objects" (PDF). Asteroids III – Lunar and Planetary Institute: 255–271. Bibcode:2002aste.book..255B. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Pravec, Petr; Sarounová, Lenka; Wolf, Marek (December 1996). "Lightcurves of 7 Near-Earth Asteroids". Icarus. 124 (2): 471–482. Bibcode:1996Icar..124..471P. doi:10.1006/icar.1996.0223. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "8201 (1994 AH2)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 8201 (1994 AH2)" (2016-08-27 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 

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