(278361) 2007 JJ43

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(278361) 2007 JJ43
Discovery[1]
Discovered by Palomar Observatory
Discovery date 14 May 2007
Designations
2007 JJ43
TNO
Cubewano[2]
Orbital characteristics[3][1]
Epoch 2011-08-27 0:00UTC (JD 2455800.5)
Aphelion 55.3707 AU
Perihelion 40.2776 AU
47.82 AU
Eccentricity 0.1578
330.74 a (120801 d)
331.84°
Inclination 12.0623°
272.493°
9.02°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 610+170
−140
 km
[4]
538 km (0.08 albedo)[5]
554 km (0.09 albedo)[2]
12.097 h [4]
6.04 hr?[1]
20.8 [6]
3.2 [7]
4.5 [1]

(268361) 2007 JJ43 is a trans-Neptunian object (TNO) orbiting the Sun near the outer edge of the Kuiper belt. Based on how bright it appears, it is a possible dwarf planet.

Its discovery images were taken in 2007, and its absolute magnitude of 4.5 is one of the twenty brightest exhibited by TNOs. Assuming it has a typical albedo, this would make it roughly the same size as Ixion (about 530–620 km diameter). Mike Brown's website lists it as a "highly likely" dwarf planet,[5] but its diameter has never been measured. In "K2 Science Conference" Robert Szabo wrote (278361) 2007 JJ43 - 610+170
−140
 km
.[4]

Observations by Brown in 2012, using the W. M. Keck Observatory, suggest that (278361) 2007 JJ43 does not have a companion.[8]

As of 2014, it is about 41.3 AU from the Sun.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 2007 JJ43 Retrieved: 2011-06-18
  2. ^ a b Wm. Robert Johnston (20 August 2011). "List of Known Trans-Neptunian Objects". Johnston's Archive. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ AstDys 2007 JJ43 Summary Retrieved: 2012-02-03
  4. ^ a b c "PUSHING THE LIMITS: K2 OBSERVATIONS OF THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN OBJECTS 2002 GV31 AND (278361) 2007 JJ43" (PDF). 
  5. ^ a b Michael E. Brown. "How many dwarf planets are there in the outer solar system? (updates daily)". California Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  6. ^ a b "AstDys 2007 JJ43 Ephemerides". Department of Mathematics, University of Pisa, Italy. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  7. ^ A Southern Sky and Galactic Plane Survey for Bright Kuiper Belt Object
  8. ^ Plutokiller (2012-02-03). "2007 JJ43 doesn't have a big moon. There could be a small one hiding in there". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-02-03.  (moonless)