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A ghost of Christmas past [ Kuiper Belt Object 2009 YE7 discovered ]
Mike Brown's Planets 'blog ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Mike Brown

Posted on 01/03/2010 7:26:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Our understanding of the Kuiper belt has changed dramatically in these past five years. The best example of this change comes, I think, from the discovery of a large Kuiper belt object that was announced just a few days ago... But, by decoding the numbers, I could tell it was something that had just been discovered a few days before. Like anyone else, my first attempt to know more was a quick trip to Google.

Ah ha! A new large Kuiper belt object found from a telescope Chile, by David Rabinowitz! Yes, the same David Rabinowitz from the Haumea discovery. He has moved on to Chile to try to make newer discoveries from there, discoveries in parts of the sky that we didn't look at back when we were working at Palomar Observatory outside of San Diego.

Based on preliminary information, it looked likely the 9th largest Kuiper belt object ever found. David was clearly on to something good here...

Based on its brightness it might well be a perfect size to test one of my new theories about medium-sized Kuiper belt objects. I feel like I now understand the largest objects, and I fear that I will never understand the smallest objects, but the middle ones are within grasp, if we can just find a few more to test some pet theories about them. For 2009 YE7 to be a good candidate for my theory we need to know if it has a moon, what color it is, and what materials are on its surface. Then we'll see. I started thinking about where 2009 YE7 is in the sky, what telescopes I could use to point at it, how to time the observations.

(Excerpt) Read more at mikebrownsplanets.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 2009ye7; kbo; kbo2009ye7; kuiperbeltobject; xplanets
Read some background at Mike Brown's Caltech homepage, and very damned little at the homepage of 2009 YE7's discoverer's David L. Rabinowitz.
1 posted on 01/03/2010 7:26:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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Chunk of the wiki-wacky-pedia entry:
2009 YE7
Discovery[1]
Discovered by David Rabinowitz
Discovery date December 17, 2009(?)
Designations
MPC designation 2009 YE7
Minor planet
category
TNO
Cubewano[2]
Haumea family?[3]
Epoch December 15, 2009 (2455180.5)
Aphelion 51.1 AU (Q)
Perihelion 35.9 AU (q)
Semi-major axis 43.5 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.17
Orbital period 287 yr
Mean anomaly 180° (M)
Inclination 29.2°
Longitude of ascending node 138°
Argument of perihelion 96°
Satellites ?
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 440[4]-945[5] km[2][6]
Albedo assume 0.7 to 0.15
Apparent magnitude ~20(?)(JPL Horizons)
Absolute magnitude (H) 2.8[2]

2009 YE7 is a trans-Neptunian object with an absolute magnitude of 2.8.[2] This qualifies it as a dwarf planet candidate. It was discovered by David Rabinowitz on December 17, 2009 at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 2009 YE7 is the first bright KBO found from the southern hemisphere.



2 posted on 01/03/2010 7:30:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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Same wiki-wacky-pedia entry with the links clarified:
2009 YE7
Discovery[1]
Discovered by David Rabinowitz
Discovery date December 17, 2009(?)
Designations
MPC designation 2009 YE7
Minor planet
category
TNO
Cubewano[2]
Haumea family?[3]
Epoch December 15, 2009 (2455180.5)
Aphelion 51.1 AU (Q)
Perihelion 35.9 AU (q)
Semi-major axis 43.5 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.17
Orbital period 287 yr
Mean anomaly 180° (M)
Inclination 29.2°
Longitude of ascending node 138°
Argument of perihelion 96°
Satellites ?
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 440[4]-945[5] km[2][6]
Albedo assume 0.7 to 0.15
Apparent magnitude ~20(?)(JPL Horizons)
Absolute magnitude (H) 2.8[2]

2009 YE7 is a trans-Neptunian object with an absolute magnitude of 2.8.[2] This qualifies it as a dwarf planet candidate. It was discovered by David Rabinowitz on December 17, 2009 at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 2009 YE7 is the first bright KBO found from the southern hemisphere.



3 posted on 01/03/2010 7:32:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; garbageseeker; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
this is also a potential catastrophism topic, but I'm going to bed.
 
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4 posted on 01/03/2010 7:35:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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To: SunkenCiv

5 posted on 01/03/2010 7:39:32 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Oddly enough, my search for ANY news item on this discovery came up with this slightly earlier, quite boring discovery of the smallest KBO ever spotted:
Real Occult Science: Hubble Spots Smallest Comet Vagabond by Ray Villard, Wed Dec 16, 2009 02:47 PM ET

Real Occult Science: Hubble Spots Smallest Comet Vagabond

6 posted on 01/03/2010 7:41:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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To: JoeProBono
Okay, this time for SURE.
2009 YE7
Discovery[1]
Discovered by David Rabinowitz
Discovery date December 17, 2009(?)
Designations
MPC designation 2009 YE7
Minor planet
category
TNO
Cubewano[2]
Haumea family?[3]
Epoch December 15, 2009 (2455180.5)
Aphelion 51.1 AU (Q)
Perihelion 35.9 AU (q)
Semi-major axis 43.5 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.17
Orbital period 287 yr
Mean anomaly 180° (M)
Inclination 29.2°
Longitude of ascending node 138°
Argument of perihelion 96°
Satellites ?
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 440[4]-945[5] km[2][6]
Albedo assume 0.7 to 0.15
Apparent magnitude ~20(?)(JPL Horizons)
Absolute magnitude (H) 2.8[2]

2009 YE7 is a trans-Neptunian object with an absolute magnitude of 2.8.[2] This qualifies it as a dwarf planet candidate. It was discovered by David Rabinowitz on December 17, 2009 at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 2009 YE7 is the first bright KBO found from the southern hemisphere.



7 posted on 01/03/2010 8:06:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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To: SirKit

Astronomy ping!


8 posted on 01/03/2010 8:55:06 PM PST by SuziQ
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