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10199 Chariklo ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Ancient Greek: Χαρικλώ{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}; provisional designation: 1997 CU26) is the largest confirmed centaur (minor planet of the outer Solar System). It orbits the Sun between Saturn and Uranus, grazing the orbit of Uranus. On 26 March 2014, astronomers announced the discovery of two rings (nicknamed Oiapoque and Chuí),<ref name="CBC" /> around Chariklo by observing a stellar occultation.<ref name="eso1410" /><ref name="natgeo ring" /> making it the first known minor planet to have rings.<ref name="spacedaily-rings" />

Chariklo was discovered by James V. Scotti of the Spacewatch program on February 15, 1997. Chariklo is named after the nymph Chariclo (Χαρικλώ{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}), the wife of Chiron and the daughter of Apollo.

A photometric study in 2001 was unable to find a definite period of rotation.<ref name="photometry" /> Infrared observations of Chariklo indicate the presence of water ice,<ref name="infrared" /> which may in fact be located in its rings.<ref name=nature_paper />

Michael Brown's website lists it as possibly a dwarf planet with a measured diameter of 232 km.<ref name="Brown-dplist" />


10199 Chariklo sections
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10199 Chariklo ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Ancient Greek: Χαρικλώ{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}; provisional designation: 1997 CU26) is the largest confirmed centaur (minor planet of the outer Solar System). It orbits the Sun between Saturn and Uranus, grazing the orbit of Uranus. On 26 March 2014, astronomers announced the discovery of two rings (nicknamed Oiapoque and Chuí),<ref name="CBC" /> around Chariklo by observing a stellar occultation.<ref name="eso1410" /><ref name="natgeo ring" /> making it the first known minor planet to have rings.<ref name="spacedaily-rings" />

Chariklo was discovered by James V. Scotti of the Spacewatch program on February 15, 1997. Chariklo is named after the nymph Chariclo (Χαρικλώ{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}), the wife of Chiron and the daughter of Apollo.

A photometric study in 2001 was unable to find a definite period of rotation.<ref name="photometry" /> Infrared observations of Chariklo indicate the presence of water ice,<ref name="infrared" /> which may in fact be located in its rings.<ref name=nature_paper />

Michael Brown's website lists it as possibly a dwarf planet with a measured diameter of 232 km.<ref name="Brown-dplist" />


10199 Chariklo sections
Intro   Size    Orbit    Rings    References    External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Size
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