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132524 APL

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Discovered by  LINEAR
MPC designation  132524 APL
Minor planet category  main-belt
Discovered  9 May 2002
Asteroid group  Asteroid belt
Discovery date  9 May 2002
Alternative names  2002 JF56
Observation arc  9225 days (25.26 yr)
Spectral type  S-type asteroid
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Named after  Applied Physics Laboratory
Discovery site  Magdalena Ridge Observatory
Discoverer  Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research
Similar  Solar System, 2685 Masursky, 5535 Annefrank, Asteroid belt, 9969 Braille

132524 APL—previously known by its provisional designation, 2002 JF56—is an asteroid in the asteroid belt approximately 2.3 kilometers across.

132524 APL was discovered on 9 May 2002 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) Team at Socorro, NM. The New Horizons probe flew by it at a distance of approximately 102,000 kilometers on 13 June 2006. The spectra obtained by New Horizons show that APL is a stony S-type asteroid.

The asteroid orbits the Sun in a somewhat eccentric orbit at a distance of 1.9–3.3 AU once every 4.2 years. Its orbit is tilted off the ecliptic by 4 degrees.


New Horizons was not intended to fly by APL, and the flyby was just a coincidence. Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons, named the asteroid in reference to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which runs the mission.


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