(3362) Khufu

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(3362) Khufu
Properties of the orbit ( animation )
Orbit type Aten type
Major semi-axis 0.9894  AU
eccentricity 0.4686
Perihelion - aphelion 0.5258 AU - 1.4531 AU
Inclination of the orbit plane 9.918 °
Sidereal period 0.984 a
Mean orbital velocity 29.94 km / s
Physical Properties
Medium diameter 0.7 km
Dimensions ? Template: Infobox asteroid / maintenance / masskg
Albedo 0.16
Medium density ? g / cm³
Rotation period ? H
Absolute brightness 18.1 mag
Spectral class X
Explorer R. S. Dunbar , M. A. Barucci
Date of discovery August 30, 1984
Another name 1984 QA
Source: Unless otherwise stated, the data comes from JPL Small-Body Database Browser . The affiliation to an asteroid family is automatically determined from the AstDyS-2 database . Please also note the note on asteroid items.

(3362) Khufu is an asteroid from Aten type . This describes a group of asteroids whose orbits partly run within the earth's orbit and cross it from within. Khufu approaches the sun up to approx. 0.5 AU and thus even crosses the orbit of Venus .

Khufu was discovered on August 30, 1984 by R. Scott Dunbar and Maria A. Barucci from the Palomar Observatory .

The name of the asteroid is derived from the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu (better known under the Greek name Cheops ).


  • Lutz D. Schmadel: Dictionary of minor planet names. 5th edition, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg 2003, ISBN 3-540-00238-3 , p. 280.