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(469372) 2001 QF298

(469372) 2001 QF298
Discovered byMarc W. Buie[1]
Cerro Tololo (807)
Discovery dateAugust 19, 2001
MPC designation2001 QF298
TNO[3] · plutino[4][5]
Orbital characteristics[3]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 3
Observation arc4526 days (12.39 yr)
Aphelion43.726 AU (6.5413 Tm)
Perihelion34.756 AU (5.1994 Tm)
39.241 AU (5.8704 Tm)
245.82 yr (89784.4 d)
4.73 km/s
0° 0m 14.435s /day
Physical characteristics
B−V=0.67 ± 0.07
V−R=0.39 ± 0.06[6]
5.43 ± 0.07,[6] 5.2[3]

(469372) 2001 QF298, provisionally known as 2001 QF298, is a resonant trans-Neptunian object that resides in the Kuiper belt in the outermost region of the Solar System.[6] It was discovered on August 19, 2001 by Marc W. Buie.[1] 2001 QF298 is a plutino, meaning that it is locked in a 3:2 orbital resonance with Neptune, much like Pluto.[6]

Physical characteristics

In 2012, the size of 2001 QF298 was estimated based on thermal radiation data obtained with the Herschel Space Telescope. The result was 408.2+40.2

In the visible light, the object appears to have a neutral or slightly red color.[7]

Dwarf planet candidate

When first discovered, 2001 QF298 was calculated to have an absolute magnitude (H) of 4.7.[2] Light-curve-amplitude analysis from 2008 showed only small deviations, which suggested that 2001 QF298 could be a spheroid about 480 kilometres (300 mi) in diameter with small albedo spots and hence a dwarf planet.[8] It is not included in the same authors' list of dwarf-planet candidates from 2010 because, having an absolute magnitude of 5.4 and assumed albedo of 0.1, it would be less than the cut-off size of 450 kilometres (280 mi)[9] (the same criteria as in the first paper).[8]


  1. ^ a b "List Of Transneptunian Objects". Minor Planet Center. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b "MPEC 2001-T54 : 2001 QE298, 2001 QF298, 2001 QG298, 2001 QH298, 2001 QJ298". IAU Minor Planet Center. 13 October 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2012. (K01QT8F)
  3. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: (2001 QF298)" (2009-09-14 last obs (U=4)). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ "MPEC 2006-X45 : Distant Minor Planets". Minor Planet Center & Tamkin Foundation Computer Network. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  5. ^ Marc W. Buie (12 June 2006). "Orbit Fit and Astrometric record for 01QF298". SwRI (Space Science Department). Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Mommert, Michael; Harris, A. W.; Kiss, C.; Pál, A.; Santos-Sanz, P.; Stansberry, J.; Delsanti, A.; Vilenius, E.; Müller, T. G.; Peixinho, N.; Lellouch, E.; Szalai, N.; Henry, F.; Duffard, R.; Fornasier, S.; Hartogh, P.; Mueller, M.; Ortiz, J. L.; Protopapa, S.; Rengel, M.; Thirouin, A. (May 2012). "TNOs are cool: A survey of the trans-Neptunian region—V. Physical characterization of 18 Plutinos using Herschel-PACS observations". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 541: A93. arXiv:1202.3657. Bibcode:2012A&A...541A..93M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201118562.
  7. ^ Doressoundiram, A.; Peixinho, N.; Moullet, A.; Fornasier, S.; Barucci, M. A.; Beuzit, J. -L.; Veillet, C. (2007). "The Meudon Multicolor Survey (2MS) of Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian Objects: From Visible to Infrared Colors". The Astronomical Journal. 134 (6): 2186. Bibcode:2007AJ....134.2186D. doi:10.1086/522783.
  8. ^ a b Tancredi, G., & Favre, S. (2008) Which are the dwarfs in the Solar System?. Depto. Astronomía, Fac. Ciencias, Montevideo, Uruguay; Observatorio Astronómico Los Molinos, MEC, Uruguay. Retrieved 10-08-2011
  9. ^ Tancredi, G. (2010). "Physical and dynamical characteristics of icy "dwarf planets" (plutoids)". Icy Bodies of the Solar System: Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 263, 2009.

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