Altjira
Number
148780
Provisional name
2001 UQ18
Class
Cubewano
Discovery
20.10.2001, 09:23:29 UT, Kitt Peak, AZ, USA
Discovery chart
Discovery position
23 Taurus 28' Rx
Time of announcement
02.11.2001 - 04:10 UT
Naming
August 2008
Orbital period
293 years
Orbit
  • crosses the orbit of Pluto
Aphelion
47.004 AU
Perihelion
41.354 AU
Semimajor axis
44.179 AU
Magnitude
5.6
Diameter
144 - 450 km
Inclination
5.2
 
Altjira has a binary companion.

Satellite
S/2007 (148780) 1
Time of announcement

March 2007
Photograph copyright © Susanna Kauppinen. All rights reserved.
Photo: Copyright © Susanna Kauppinen.

Mythology
Altjira is the sky god in Australian Aboriginal mythology. He was the central god of the Dream time. Altjira created the Earth and then retired to the sky. He is depicted as having an emu's feet.