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Chiron (Centaur object)

LC control 85102678
LC classificationQB651
Geographic headingChiron (Centaur object)
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Variant(s)1977 UB Chiron
2060 Chiron
Chiron (Asteroid)
See alsoCentaur objects
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Special noteThis heading is not valid for use as a geographic subdivision.
Found inWork cat.: Asimov, I. The asteroids, 1988.
Reinhart, M. Chiron, Pholus and Nessus, 2014: back cover (after being reclassified several times, Chiron is now the prototype of a new sub-category of celestial objects objects called the Centaurs)
Wikipedia, viewed 12 Apr. 2018 (2060 Chiron, provisional designation 1977 UB, and also known as 95P/Chiron, is a minor planet in the outer Solar System, orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977, it was the first-identified member of a new class of objects now known as centaurs -- bodies orbiting between the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt. Although it was initially called an asteroid and classified only as a minor planet with the designation "2060 Chiron", it was later found to exhibit behavior typical of a comet. Today it is classified as both a minor planet and a comet, and is accordingly also known by the cometary designation "95P/Chiron". Chiron is named after the centaur Chiron in Greek mythology)
MIT news, viewed online 11 Apr. 2018: article of 17 March 2015 "A second minor planet may possess Saturn-like rings" (scientists at MIT and elsewhere have detected a possible ring system around Chiron. Chiron is a centaur -- part of that middle section of the solar system, between Jupiter and Pluto)