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5381 Sekhmet

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Discovered by  C. S. Shoemaker
MPC designation  5381 Sekhmet
Minor planet category  Aten ยท NEO
Discovered  14 May 1991
Spectral type  S-type asteroid
Discovery site  Palomar Observatory
Discovery date  14 May 1991
Alternative names  1991 JY
Orbital period  336 days
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  Carolyn S. Shoemaker
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Named after  Sekhmet (Egyptian mythology)
Similar  3671 Dionysus, 69230 Hermes, 3554 Amun, 3362 Khufu, Asteroid belt

5381 Sekhmet is an Aten asteroid whose orbit is sometimes closer to the Sun than the Earth's. It was discovered on 14 May 1991 by Carolyn Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory. It is named after Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war.

Sekhmet is believed to be an S-type asteroid, and believed by some to measure approximately 1.4 km in diameter.

In December 2003, a team of astronomers at Arecibo Observatory announced that the asteroid may have a moon that measures 300 m in diameter and orbits approximately 1.5 km from Sekhmet. This moon is not yet confirmed.

References

5381 Sekhmet Wikipedia


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