Asteroid 132524 APL seen by New Horizons from 1.34 million kilometers in June 2006
|Discovery date||9 May 2002|
|MPC designation||132524 APL|
|Applied Physics Laboratory|
|Orbital characteristics |
|Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 0|
|Observation arc||9225 days (25.26 yr)|
|Aphelion||3.3152 AU (495.95 Gm)|
|Perihelion||1.8897 AU (282.70 Gm)|
|2.6025 AU (389.33 Gm)|
|4.20 yr (1533.5 d)|
|Earth MOID||0.879478 AU (131.5680 Gm)|
|Jupiter MOID||1.99285 AU (298.126 Gm)|
132524 APL—previously known by its provisional designation, 2002 JF56—is an asteroid in the asteroid belt approximately 2.3 kilometers across. It was discovered on 9 May 2002 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) Team at Socorro, NM. The New Horizons probe flew by it at a distance of approximately 102,000 kilometers on 13 June 2006. The spectra obtained by New Horizons show that APL is a stony S-type asteroid. The asteroid orbits the Sun in a somewhat eccentric orbit at a distance of 1.9–3.3 AU once every 4.2 years. Its orbit is tilted off the ecliptic by 4 degrees.
New Horizons was not intended to fly by APL, and the flyby was just 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.
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 132524 APL (2002 JF56)" (2015-08-22 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
- CBET 547
- 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.
- 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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