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14827 Hypnos

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Discovery date  5 May 1986
Alternative names  1986 JK
Observation arc  5288 days (14.48 yr)
Discovered  5 May 1986
Named after  Hypnos
MPC designation  14827 Hypnos
Minor planet category  Apollo asteroid
Orbital period  1,753 days
Orbits  Sun
Discovery site  Palomar Observatory
14827 Hypnos
Discovered by  Carolyn S. Shoemaker Eugene Merle Shoemaker
Discoverers  Carolyn S. Shoemaker, Eugene Merle Shoemaker
Similar  Sun, Solar System, 3671 Dionysus, 69230 Hermes, 2201 Oljato

14827 Hypnos (also known by its provisional designation 1986 JK) is an Apollo near-Earth asteroid (NEA) discovered by Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene Merle Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory on May 5, 1986. It is named after Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.

Hypnos may be the nucleus of an extinct comet that is covered by a crust several centimeters thick that prevents any remaining volatiles from outgassing. Hypnos is frequently perturbed by Jupiter.

In 1958, Hypnos passed less than 0.03 AU from both Earth and Mars. Neither planet has been approached so closely by Hypnos since the 862 AD pass of Earth, or will be until the 2214 pass of Earth.

It has a well determined orbit and has been observed 170 times since 1986.

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14827 Hypnos Wikipedia


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