Oljato

Oljato

((2201) Oljato) An Apollo asteroid that has a diameter of about 1.4 km and a high albedo of 0.42. Discovered in 1947 by the US astronomer Henry L. Giclas, Oljato has a chaotic orbit, its semimajor axis varying violently due to its many close approaches to Earth and Venus. It might possibly be a dormant or extinct cometary nucleus. It is also associated with several meteoroid streams.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
We had met Jensen the day before at Oljato Trading Post.
Her own parents had abandoned traditional Navajo ways, and she relishes the chance to rediscover Navajo customs through her friendships with elders in Oljato.
Overview: Use HST's Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) to search asteroids 182 Elsa, 224 Oceana, 899 Jokaste, 944 Hidalgo, and 2201 Oljato for OH emission indicating weak cometary activity.
Despite such tantalizing evidence, McFadden remains unpersuaded that a strong link exists between comets and asteroids--at least not for an enigmatic object known as 2201 Oljato.
That might indicate that Oljato is actually a dying comet that has not quite finished expelling its frozen volatile compounds.
The Oljato and Shonto areas produced 43,623 more animals, while some Utah Navajos undoubtedly went to vats located at Kayenta, Shiprock, Dennihotso, and Teec Nos Pos.
McFadden first examined a mysterious, sun-orbiting object -- now called 2201 Oljato -- she could not discern whether it was a bare, rocky asteroid or a "dying" comet that had lost most of its ice.
Finally, if Oljato were a comet, vaporization of its ice as it neared the sun would liberate water.
Arts and crafts are sold atthe predictable places (motels, park visitor center), but one you might otherwise overlook is Oljato Trading Post, an old-style store 9 miles northwest from Goulding's.
Perhaps, it was inferred, Oljato might be an old cometary nucleus that retained only enough of its ices to "outgas' a little in the sun's heat and produce the traces recorded by spacecraft, but not enough to form a more active comet's familiar, fuzzy "coma' and tail.