In case you were born on another planet – Elvis Aaron Presley (1935-1977) was a flamboyant American singer known around the world as The King Rock and Roll. His popularity contributed toward making the Rock and Roll genre a world-wide phenomenon.

He had a planet named after him, a planet!

The minor planet 17059 Elvis was discovered by Australian astronomer John Broughton in 1999 and named after Elvis Presley

(17059) Elvis is in a 3.76-year elliptical orbit around the sun ranging in distance from 332.1 million km (at perihelion, closest point to the sun) to 391.6 million km (at aphelion, furthest point from the sun).

The previous perihelion passage occurred on 2008 July 7.9 UT.

The orbit is inclined by 3.5 degrees to the ecliptic plane (the plane of the earth’s orbit about the sun).

There is little information on the physical properties of (17059) Elvis. Even its diameter is uncertain–a range of 3 to 7 km is probable.

You will need a telescope to see this minor planet as its maximum brightness is some 1/20214 of the brightness of the faintest objects that can be seen with the unaided eye.

The diagram below show the orbit of (17059) Elvis in relation to the major planets in the inner solar system.

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