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113355 Gessler (2002 RW240)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2113355
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 11 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1030987829413145 8.4513e-08  
a 2.960118156084644 3.343e-08 au
q 2.654933576829829 2.4496e-07 au
i 9.524600897095898 9.4752e-06 deg
node 186.0819335459611 5.3617e-05 deg
peri 197.2983681349825 6.8845e-05 deg
M 226.2463189221139 4.3439e-05 deg
tp 2458291.638743924836
0.00022681 JED
period 1860.21009521268
n .1935265274210012 3.2783e-09 deg/d
Q 3.265302735339458 3.6876e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      131  
   data-arc span      8597 days (23.54 yr)  
   first obs. used      1992-10-02  
   last obs. used      2016-04-16  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .5563  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2016-Apr-25 16:11:30  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.65789 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.19114 au 
 T_jup = 3.238 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 15.8 mag n/a MPO236831  

113355 Gessler           Discovered 2002 Sept. 14 by R. Matson on NEAT images taken at Palomar.
Nick Gessler (b. 1945) is co-director of UCLA's Human Complex Systems Program. He teaches hands-on multi-agent simulation programming in courses such as "ALiCE: Artificial Life, Culture and Evolution". A prolific meteorite discoverer, he is credited with over 30 distinct finds.
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Alternate Designations
 2002 RW240 = 1992 TN 
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