17119 Alexisrodrz

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17119 Alexisrodrz
Discovery [1]
Discovered by LINEAR
Discovery site Lincoln Lab's ETS
Discovery date 10 May 1999
MPC designation (17119) Alexisrodrz
Named after
Alexis Rodriguez
(2003 ISEF awardee)[2]
1999 JP59 · 1998 BY48
main-belt · (middle)[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 23.68 yr (8,649 days)
Aphelion 2.7912 AU
Perihelion 2.4851 AU
2.6381 AU
Eccentricity 0.0580
4.29 yr (1,565 days)
0° 13m 48s / day
Inclination 6.3433°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 3.917±0.732 km[4][5]
4.56 km (calculated)[3]
17.7838±0.0290 h[6]
17.7935 h[3]
0.10 (assumed)[3]
LS [7] · S/C [3]
14.4[1] · 14.22±0.28[7] · 14.5[4] · 14.317±0.005 (R)[6] · 14.82[3]

17119 Alexisrodrz, provisional designation 1999 JP59, is a stony background asteroid from the central region of the asteroid belt, approximately 4 kilometers in diameter.

It was discovered on 10 May 1999, by the LINEAR team at the Lincoln Laboratory's Experimental Test Site in Socorro, New Mexico, United States.[8] The asteroid was later named for Alexis Rodriguez, a 2003-awardee of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.[2]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Alexisrodrz orbits the Sun in the central main-belt at a distance of 2.5–2.8 AU once every 4 years and 3 months (1,565 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.06 and an inclination of 6° with respect to the ecliptic.[1]

The asteroid's observation arc begins 7 years prior to its official discovery observation, with a precovery taken at Steward Observatory (Kitt Peak) in November 1992.[8]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Alexisrodrz has been characterized as a LS-subtype by Pan-STARRS' large-scale survey.[7] This subtype is a transitional group from the common stony S-type to the rare and reddish L-type asteroids.

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's space-based Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Alexisrodrz measures 3.9 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.18,[4] while the Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes an albedo of 0.10 – a compromise value between the stony (0.20) and carbonaceous (0.057) asteroids found in the 2.6 to 2.7 AU region of the asteroid belt – and calculates a diameter of 4.6 kilometers with an absolute magnitude of 14.82.[3]

Rotation period[edit]

In January 2011, and September 2013, two rotational lightcurves of Alexisrodrz were obtained from photometric observations made by astronomers at the Palomar Transient Factory in California. Lightcurve analysis gave a concurring rotation period of 17.7838 and 17.7935 hours with a brightness variation of 0.48 and 0.60 magnitude, respectively (U=2/2).[6]


This minor planet was named for the 3rd-place winner of the 2003 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Alexis Rodriguez (born 1986). At the time, he attended the Puerto Rican Aurea E. Quiles Claudio High School in Guanica.[2] The approved naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 14 June 2004 (M.P.C. 52172).[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 17119 Alexisrodrz (1999 JP59)" (2016-07-25 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2006). "(17119) Alexisrodrz [2.64, 0.06, 6.3]". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (17119) Alexisrodrz, Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2003–2005. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 106. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-34361-5_1129. ISBN 978-3-540-34360-8. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "LCDB Data for (17119) Alexisrodrz". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; et al. (November 2011). "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 25. arXiv:1109.6407. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; et al. (November 2011). "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 20. arXiv:1109.4096. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...68M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/68. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b c 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:1504.04041. Bibcode:2015AJ....150...75W. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/150/3/75. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Veres, Peter; Jedicke, Robert; Fitzsimmons, Alan; Denneau, Larry; Granvik, Mikael; Bolin, Bryce; et al. (November 2015). "Absolute magnitudes and slope parameters for 250,000 asteroids observed by Pan-STARRS PS1 - Preliminary results". Icarus. 261: 34–47. arXiv:1506.00762. Bibcode:2015Icar..261...34V. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.08.007. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b "17119 Alexisrodrz (1999 JP59)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  9. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.

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