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(55565) 2002 AW197

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(55565) 2002 AW197, provisional designation 2002 AW197, is a classical, non-resonant trans-Neptunian object from the Kuiper belt in the outermost region of the Solar System, also known as cubewano. With a diameter of at least 700 kilometers (430 miles) it is considered a highly likely dwarf planet candidate. Photometric observations suggest that it is a spheroid with a high albedo and small albedo spots. It was discovered at Palomar Observatory in 2002 and has a rotation period of 8.8 hours and a moderately red color.
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