20000 Varuna facts for kids
Artist's idea of what Varuna may look like
|Discovered by||R. McMillan (Spacewatch)|
|Discovery date||28 November 2000|
|MPC designation||20000 Varuna|
|Epoch 14 July 2004 (JD 2453200.5)|
|Aphelion||6 781.985 Gm (45.335 AU)|
|Perihelion||6 120.810 Gm (40.915 AU)|
|6 451.398 Gm (43.129 AU)|
|103 440.6 d (283.20 a)|
Average orbital speed
800 km (avg of thermals)
Sidereal rotation period
|0.132 16 d (3.17 h)|
|(moderately red) B-V=0.93 V-R=0.64|
Varuna is named after the Hindu deity Varuṇa.
Varuna completes one rotation in about 3.17 hours (or 6.34 hours, depending on whether the light curve is single or double-peaked). Given the fast rotation, which is not common for objects so big, Varuna is thought to be a stretched spheroid, with a density around 1g/cm³ (close to the density of water).
The surface of Varuna is somewhat red and small amounts of water ice have been found on its surface.
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