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148780 Altjira, 2001 UQ18

Minor Planet Designation148780 Altjira (provisinally designated 2001 UQ18)
GroupClassical Kuiper Belt Objects (Cubewanos)
Orbital Period294.1 years
Distance from the SunSemi-Major Axis: 6,601,029,585 km (44.13 AU)
Perihelion: 6,165,660,176 km (41.21 AU)
Aphelion: 7,036,398,994 km (47.04 AU)
Diameter (Mean)c. 160 kilometres
NotesThis immensely distant Kuiper Belt object is notable as being binary in nature. It possesses a satellite designated S/2007 (148780) 1 which, with an estimated diameter of some 140 kilometres, is very nearly as large as Altjira itself. The two bodies orbit a common centre of gravity at a distance of some 9,900 km from one another.


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