132524 APL

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132524 APL
132524 APL New Horizons.jpg
Asteroid 132524 APL seen by New Horizons from 1.34 million kilometers in June 2006
Discovery [1]
Discovered by LINEAR
Discovery site MRO
Discovery date 9 May 2002
MPC designation 132524 APL
Named after
Applied Physics Laboratory
2002 JF56
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 27 June 2015 (JD 2457200.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 24.90 yr (9,094 days)
Aphelion 3.3153 AU
Perihelion 1.8897 AU
2.6025 AU
Eccentricity 0.2738
4.20 yr (1,534 days)
Inclination 4.1591°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 2.3 km

132524 APL – previously known by its provisional designation, 2002 JF56 – is a small asteroid in the asteroid belt approximately 2.3 kilometers across. It was visited by the New Horizons probe, which passed it at about 102,000 kilometers on 13 June 2006. The spectra obtained by New Horizons show that APL is a stony S-type asteroid.[2] The rather eccentric asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.9–3.3 AU once every 4.2 years. Its orbit is tilted only slightly towards the ecliptic by 4 degrees.[1]

The probe was not originally intended to pass by the asteroid, and the fact that it did pass near it was simply a coincidence. Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons, named the asteroid in reference to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which runs the mission.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 132524 APL (2002 JF56)" (2015-08-22 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b CBET 547
  3. ^ Buckley, Michael (2007-03-05). "APL Rocks! Asteroid Named After JHU Applied Physics Lab". The JHU Gazette. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 

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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