132524 APL

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132524 APL
Asteroid 2002 JF56.jpg
The two "spots" in this image are two images of asteroid 2002 JF56 taken on June 11 (bottom, at a distance of 3.36 million kilometers) and June 12, 2006 (the top, taken at 1.34 million kilometers)
Discovered by Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) Team
Discovery site Socorro
MPC designation 132524
2002 JF56
Main-belt asteroid
Orbital characteristics[2]
Aphelion 3.3121454
± 1.0168e-07 AU
Perihelion 1.8992325
± 2.3211e-07 AU
± 7.9994e-08 AU
Eccentricity .27112079
± 9.8728e-08
4.21 yr
1536.32217 d
± 7.0352e-05°
Inclination 4.16169
± 3.309e-05°
± 0.00014874°
± 0.0001653°
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
1.15 km
Spectral type

132524 APL (previously known by its provisional designation, 2002 JF56) is a small asteroid about 2.3 kilometers across that was visited by the New Horizons probe, which passed it at about 101,867 km at 04:05 UTC on June 13, 2006. The spectra obtained by New Horizons show that APL is an S-type asteroid.

Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons, named the asteroid in reference to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, which runs the mission.[4]


Further reading[edit]

  • Olkin, Catherine B.; Reuter; Lunsford; Binzel; Stern (2006). "The New Horizons Distant Flyby of Asteroid 2002 JF56". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 38: 597. Bibcode:2006DPS....38.5922O. 

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