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(248835) 2006 SX368

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Discovery date  16 September 2006
Minor planet category  centaur
Aphelion  32.098 AU (4.8018 Tm)
Inclination  36.299°
Mean anomaly  19.679°
Discovery site  Apache Point Observatory
MPC designation  (145451) 2005 RM43
Observation arc  2160 days (5.91 yr)
Discovered  16 September 2006
Argument of perihelion  70.625°
Discoverer  Jeremy M. Kubica
Asteroid group  Centaur
Discovered by  A. C. BeckerA. W. PuckettJ. M. Kubica

(248835) 2006 SX368 /əˈkɪr./, also known as 2006 SX368, is a centaur orbiting in the outer Solar System between Saturn and Neptune. It was discovered on September 16, 2006 by Andrew Becker, Andrew Puckett and Jeremy Kubica at Apache Point Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico.



Centaurs have short dynamical lives due to strong interactions with the giant planets. The orbit of (248835) 2006 SX368 is unusually eccentric — near the perihelion it comes under influence of Uranus, while at the aphelion it travels slightly beyond the orbit of Neptune.

Physical characteristics

In 2010, thermal flux from (248835) 2006 SX368 in the far-infrared was measured by the Herschel Space Telescope. As a result, its equivalent size was estimated to lie within a range from 70 kilometres (43 mi) to 80 kilometres (50 mi).


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