Asteroid 2002 VE68, a quasi-satellite of Venus

  title={Asteroid 2002 VE68, a quasi-satellite of Venus},
  author={Seppo Mikkola and Ramon Brasser and Paul A. Wiegert and Kimmo A. Innanen},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
The asteroid 2002 VE68 is currently a quasi-satellite of Venus, the first object of this dynamical class to be discovered, and is also the first known co-orbital companion to Venus. Our computations show that it has been in its present orbital state for about seven millennia and will stay there for five more centuries to come. It has a high eccentricity (≈ 0.4) and inclination (≈ 9 ◦ ). Consequently the maximum distance of the asteroid from the Sun is near that of the Earth and the minimum… Expand

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