9965 GNU

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9965 GNU
AnimatedOrbitOf9965GNU.gif
Orbit of 9965 GNU (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery
Discovered by Spacewatch
Discovery date 5 March 1992
Designations
MPC designation 9965 GNU
Named after
GNU
1992 EF2, 1988 BD4, 1993 QR3
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 10088 days (27.62 yr)
Aphelion 2.8279933 AU (423.06178 Gm)
Perihelion 2.0095969 AU (300.63142 Gm)
2.4187951 AU (361.84660 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.1691744
3.76 yr (1374.0 d)
66.87114°
0° 15m 43.209s / day
Inclination 12.20639°
156.49031°
82.846985°
Earth MOID 1.04111 AU (155.748 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.27013 AU (339.607 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.465
Physical characteristics
39.7449 h (1.65604 d)
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
C-type asteroid[2]
14.4

9965 GNU is a C-type main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.76 years.[1]

Discovered on March 5, 1992 by Spacewatch, it was given the provisional designation "1992 EF2". It was later renamed "GNU" after the GNU project.[3]

See also[edit]

Other free-software-related asteroid names include:

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