|Discovered by||Marc William Buie|
|Discovery date||19 August 2001|
|(139775) 2001 QG298|
|Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)|
|245.43 a (89,645.031 d)|
Sidereal rotation period
(139775) 2001 QG298 is a trans-Neptunian object (TNO) that resides in the Kuiper belt and was discovered on 19 August 2001 by Marc William Buie at Cerro Tololo Observatory. It is classified as a plutino, which means that it is in the 3:2 mean motion resonance with Neptune.
2001 QG298 has a double peaked light curve with a large amplitude, which has changed from 1.14 in 2003 to 0.7 in 2010. This large amplitude implies that it is actually a contact binary consisting of two elongated components of approximately equal size viewed from almost the equatorial perspective. The size of the components separated by the distance of approximately 300 km will be then about 95 km each. The density of 2001 QG298 should be at least 0.6–0.7 g/cm3 for it to remain bound.
2010-10-04 last obs.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)