(310071) 2010 KR59

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(310071) 2010 KR59
Discovery [1][2]
Discovered by WISE
Discovery site space-based
Discovery date 18 May 2010
MPC designation (310071) 2010 KR59
2010 KR59
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 16 February 2017 (JD 2457800.5)
Uncertainty parameter 2
Observation arc 10.35 yr (3,782 days)
Aphelion 47.545 AU
Perihelion 13.013 AU
30.279 AU
Eccentricity 0.5702
166.62 yr (60,858 days)
0° 0m 21.24s / day
Inclination 19.638°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 97.26[3]
110.060±30.820 km[4]
8.9879 h[3][5]

(310071) 2010 KR59, provisional designation 2010 KR59, is a trans-Neptunian object, approximately 110 kilometers in diameter. The object is trapped in a 1:1 mean motion resonance with Neptune,[6] and rotates nearly every 9 hours around its axis.[5]


(310071) 2010 KR59 was discovered on May 18, 2010 at 7:45 UT by the WISE spacecraft.[2][7] The WISE telescope scanned the entire sky in infrared light from January 2010 to February 2011.


(310071) 2010 KR59 follows a very eccentric orbit (eccentricity of 0.57) with a semi-major axis of 29.97 AU and an inclination of 19.76º. Its aphelion goes into the trans-neptunian belt but its perihelion is relatively close to Saturn's orbit.[1]

Physical properties[edit]

(310071) 2010 KR59 is a rather large minor body with an absolute magnitude of7.7 that translates into a diameter close to 100 kilometers.[1] The discovering WISE/NEOWISE mission estimates a diameter of 110.060 kilometers with a large error margin of 30.820 km.[4]

Co-orbital with Neptune[edit]

(310071) 2010 KR59 follows a complicated and short-lived horseshoe orbit around Neptune. Classical horseshoe orbits include the Lagrangian points L3, L4 and L5, this object horseshoe path goes from the L4 point towards Neptune reaching the L5 point and back. It will become a quasi-satellite of Neptune in about 5,000 years.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 310071 (2010 KR59)" (2016-05-03 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "310071 (2010 KR59)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "LCDB Data for (310071)". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Bauer, James M.; Grav, Tommy; Blauvelt, Erin; Mainzer, A. K.; Masiero, Joseph R.; Stevenson, Rachel; et al. (August 2013). "Centaurs and Scattered Disk Objects in the Thermal Infrared: Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE Observations". The Astrophysical Journal. 773 (1): 11. arXiv:1306.1862Freely accessible. Bibcode:2013ApJ...773...22B. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/773/1/22. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Waszczak, Adam; Chang, Chan-Kao; Ofek, Eran O.; Laher, Russ; Masci, Frank; Levitan, David; et al. (September 2015). "Asteroid Light Curves from the Palomar Transient Factory Survey: Rotation Periods and Phase Functions from Sparse Photometry". The Astronomical Journal. 150 (3): 35. arXiv:1504.04041Freely accessible. Bibcode:2015AJ....150...75W. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/150/3/75. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R. (November 2012). "Four temporary Neptune co-orbitals: (148975) 2001 XA255, (310071) 2010 KR59, (316179) 2010 EN65, and 2012 GX17". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 547: L2. arXiv:1210.3466Freely accessible. Bibcode:2012A&A...547L...2D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201220377. 
  7. ^ Scotti, J. V.; Durig, D. T.; Nshimiyimana, M.; Tholen, D. J.; Grauer, A. D.; Ahern, J. D.; Beshore, E. C.; Boattini, A.; Garradd, G. J.; Gibbs, A. R.; Hill, R. E.; Kowalski, R. A.; Larson, S. M.; McNaught, R. H.; Ryan, W. H.; Holmes, R.; Foglia, S.; Mainzer, A.; Wright, E.; Bauer, J.; Grav, T.; Dailey, J.; Masiero, J.; Cutri, R.; McMillan, R.; Walker, R. "2010 KR59". Minor Planet Electronic Circular. 

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