|Discovered by K. Endate, K. Watanabe|
Observation arc 22150 days (60.64 yr)
Discovery site Kitami Observatory
MPC designation 6144
|Discovery date 14 March 1994|
Discovered 14 March 1994
Named after Jiro Kondo
Asteroid group Asteroid belt
|Alternative names 1994 EQ3, 1937 JF, 1937 JQ, 1984 FW1|
Minor planet category Jupiter-crosser asteroid
Aphelion 6.47345 AU (968.414 Gm) (Q)
Discoverers Kin Endate, Kazuro Watanabe
6144 Kondojiro (1994 EQ3) is an asteroid discovered on March 14, 1994 by Kin Endate and Kazuro Watanabe at the Kitami Observatory in eastern Hokkaidō, Japan. It is named after Jiro Kondo, a Japanese Egyptologist and professor of archaeology at Waseda University.
Orbit and classification
The orbit of 6144 Kondojiro is unusual for a number of reasons, including:
It is difficult to classify an object with such a peculiar orbit using a conventional definition. Despite this, the Minor Planet Center (MPC) lists it as a main-belt asteroid, even though both the orbital and physical properties of 6144 Kondojiro suggest that it may be an extinct comet rather than a true asteroid.