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12608 Aesop (2091 P-L)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2012608
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 15 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1174092001535658 8.0727e-08  
a 2.320433875287955 1.1139e-08 au
q 2.047993589981158 1.8734e-07 au
i 3.521607642776259 6.4917e-06 deg
node 248.3748579970402 0.00011859 deg
peri 133.6000235890422 0.00012102 deg
M 275.0755031714051 2.5297e-05 deg
tp 2457905.066900725246
9.1642e-05 JED
period 1291.077231607103
n .278836920973256 2.0078e-09 deg/d
Q 2.592874160594753 1.2447e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      683  
   data-arc span      19907 days (54.50 yr)  
   first obs. used      1960-09-24  
   last obs. used      2015-03-27  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .53211  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Jun-04 16:15:21  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.05168 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.85125 au 
 T_jup = 3.566 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 15.3 mag n/a MPO324425  

12608 Aesop           Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on Palomar Schmidt plates taken by T. Gehrels.
Herodotus Aisopos of Sardes (Aesop) was a slave who lived around 550 B.C. on the island of Samos. The people loved his fine fables so much that he became a free man. Aesop's fables are full of wisdom and have been translated into many languages.
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Reference: 20080819/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2008-08-25

Alternate Designations
 2091 P-L = 1978 WR13 
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