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The Alinda asteroids are a group of asteroids with a semi-major axis of about 2.5 AU and an orbital eccentricity approximately between 0.4 and 0.65. The namesake is 887 Alinda , discovered by Max Wolf in 1918.
These objects are held in this region by the 1:3 orbital resonance with Jupiter, which results in a 4:1 resonance with Earth. An object in this resonance has its orbital eccentricity steadily increased by gravitational interactions with Jupiter until it eventually has a close encounter with an inner planet that breaks the resonance.
One consequence of this is that if an Alinda asteroid happens to be in an unfavorable position for viewing at the time of its close approach to Earth (for instance, at a small elongation from the Sun), then this situation can persist for decades. Indeed, as of 2004, the Alinda asteroids (3360) 1981 VA and 1915 QuetzŠlcoatl had not been observed since 1985, and 2608 Seneca had not been observed since 1994.
Some Alinda asteroids are shown below:
|(3360) 1981 VA||2.46803||0.74295|
|(6322) 1991 CQ||2.51628||0.47349|
|(6491) 1991 OA||2.50959||0.58946|
|(7568) 1988 VJ2||2.52739||0.33216|
|(7569) 1989 BK||2.54950||0.30348|
|(9047) 1991 QF||2.52479||0.31661|
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