2010 AB78

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Stellar field obtained by WISE. The red dot in the center is 2010 AB78.

2010 AB78 is an Aten near-Earth asteroid discovered in 2010.[1] It's the first discovered by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space observatory of the many thousands it is expected to discover.[2]

The first observation of 2010 AB78 by WISE was on January 12, 2010, being observed again the next day. The Mauna Kea Observatory observed it the days 18 and 19 of January, allowing the Minor Planet Center to publish a circular on January 22 confirming the discovery.[2] The asteroid measures about 1 km in diameter.[3]


  1. ^ "MPEC 2010-B33". Minor Planet Electronic Circulars. January 22, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Lakdawalla, Emily (January 22, 2010). "WISE bags its first near-Earth object, 2010 AB78". The Planetary Society. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The First Of Many Asteroid Finds For WISE". January 25, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 

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