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Discovered by  D. C. Jewitt J. X. Luu
MPC designation  10370 Hylonome
Orbital period  122 years
Discovered  27 February 1995
Discovery site  Mauna Kea Observatories
Discovery date  27 February 1995
Alternative names  1995 DW2
Aphelion  31 m
Orbits  Sun
Discoverers  Jane Luu, David C. Jewitt
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Named after  Hylonome (Greek mythology)
Minor planet category  centaur  Neptune-crosser Uranus-grazer
Similar  8405 Asbolus, 52975 Cyllarus, Solar System, Sun, 5335 Damocles

10370 Hylonome (/hˈlɒnəm/; from Greek: ‘Υλονομη), provisional designation 1995 DW2, is a minor planet orbiting in the outer Solar System. The dark and icy body belongs to the class of centaurs and measures about 75 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 27 February 1995, by English astronomer David C. Jewitt and Vietnamese American astronomer Jane Luu at the U.S. Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii.

Centaurs are a large population of icy bodies in transition between trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) and Jupiter-family comets (JFCs), their orbits being unstable due to perturbations by the giant planets. Currently, Uranus controls Hylonome's perihelion and Neptune its aphelion.

Hylonome is a carbonaceous C-type body that orbits the Sun at a distance of 18.9–31.4 AU once every 125 years and 12 months (46,007 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.25 and an inclination of 4° with respect to the ecliptic. It is a Neptune-crosser, and an outer-grazer of the orbit of Uranus, which it hence does not cross. Its minimum orbital intersection distance with Neptune and Uranus is 0.35854 and 0.52875 AU, respectively.

It is estimated to have a relatively long orbital half-life of about 6.37 million years. In the year 3478, it will pass within approximately 85 gigameters of Uranus and its semi-major axis will be reduced from 25.1 to 23.5 AU.

Observations with the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope indicate a diameter of 7001700000000000000♠70±20 kilometers, whereas the Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes a standard albedo for carbonaceous bodies of 0.057, giving it a diameter of 75.1 kilometers, based on an absolute magnitude of 9.35.

A study in 2014, using data from Spitzer's Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS) and Herschel's Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer, gave a low albedo 6998509999999999999♠0.051±0.030 and a diameter of 7001740000000000000♠74±16 kilometers, based on an absolute magnitude of 7000951000000000000♠9.51±0.08. The study concluded that among the observed population of centaurs, there is no correlation between their sizes, albedos, and orbital parameters. However, the smaller the centaur, the more reddish it is.

The minor planet was named for Hylonome, a female centaur in Greek mythology. In the epic tragedy, she lost her very much beloved husband, the handsome centaur Cyllarus, who was accidentally killed by a spear. Heartbroken, she then took her own life to join him by throwing herself on the spear. Naming citation was published on 26 July 2000 (M.P.C. 41030).

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