|Discovered by||Terry Lovejoy|
|Discovery date||26 May 2007|
|Orbital characteristics A|
(13 June 2007)
|Semi-major axis||49.1369 AU|
|Orbital period||337 ± 11 a|
|Last perihelion||April 2007|
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