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(182294) 2001 KU76

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Discovered by  Buie, M. W.
MPC designation  (182294) 2001 KU76
Discovery date  24 May 2001
Observation arc  2536 days (6.94 yr)
(182294) 2001 KU76

Minor planet category  Trans-Neptunian object 6:11 resonance
Aphelion  52.656 AU (7.8772 Tm) (Q)

(182294) 2001 KU76, provisionally known as 2001 KU76, is a trans-Neptunian object (TNO) that has a 6:11 resonance with Neptune. This is the same resonance that dwarf planet Makemake is either near or in.

It will come to perihelion in 2021.

Assuming a generic TNO albedo of 0.09, it is about 211 km in diameter. The assumed diameter of this object makes it a possible dwarf planet.

Resonance

Simulations by Lykawka in 2007 show that (182294) 2001 KU76 is librating in the 11:6 resonance with Neptune. This is the same resonance that dwarf planet Makemake is either near or in. Both objects have a semi-major axis of 45 AU and an orbital period of about 302 years.

It has been observed 29 times over 6 years and has an orbit quality code of 4.

References

(182294) 2001 KU76 Wikipedia