Teharonhiawako
Number
88611
Provisional name
2001 QT297
Class
Cubewano
Discovery
20.08.2001, 03:01:28 UT, Cerro Tololo, La Serena, Chile
Discovery chart
Discovery position
23 Aquarius 57' Rx
Time of announcement
12.10.2001 - 20:51 UT
Naming
April 2007
Orbital period
292.7 years
Orbit
  • crosses the orbit of Pluto
Aphelion
45.295 AU
Perihelion
43.217 AU
Semimajor axis
44.256 AU
Magnitude
5.5
Diameter
150 - 470 km
Inclination
2.6
 
Teharonhiawako has a binary companion. This is the second known binary KBO after the discovery of 1998 WW31.

Satellite
Sawiskera
Discovery
images 11. - 12.10.2001, Baade telescope, Las Campanas, Chile
Time of announcement
Naming
April 2007
Distance between pair
27,300 km +/- 343 km
Orbital period
825 +/- 3 d

Photograph copyright © Susanna Kauppinen. All rights reserved.
Photo: Copyright © Susanna Kauppinen.

Mythology
Teharonhiawako was a creator deity of the Iroquois Nation. He was a son of the granddaughter of the Great Spirit creation god. He became a farmer and was loved by the people.

The first being Teharonhiawako made was from the bark of a tree, the second was from the foam of the ocean, the third was from the black soil, and the fourth from the red earth. The Origin of Man

The companion object is named for Teharonhiawako's twin brother Sawiskera. Sawiskera was a skilled hunter but was jealous, cruel and destructive, and he was eventually conquered by his brother.