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15129 Sparks (2000 ET47)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2015129
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Orbit Diagram
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Orbit Viewer applet originally written and kindly provided by Osamu Ajiki (AstroArts), and further modified by Ron Baalke (JPL).

Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 14 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2070460167171453 6.3303e-08  
a 2.393241089898764 1.533e-08 au
q 1.897730055191426 1.4779e-07 au
i 4.636295831355795 6.5285e-06 deg
node 352.4026189282509 6.244e-05 deg
peri 27.78140511317763 6.3881e-05 deg
M 314.7808671834429 1.6808e-05 deg
tp 2457770.362625147457
6.4146e-05 JED
period 1352.315739913841
n .266210019875193 2.5579e-09 deg/d
Q 2.888752124606103 1.8504e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      977  
   data-arc span      15507 days (42.46 yr)  
   first obs. used      1972-12-02  
   last obs. used      2015-05-18  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .53482  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Jun-04 16:22:41  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .900108 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.57768 au 
 T_jup = 3.497 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.1 mag n/a PDS3 (MPO 102)  

15129 Sparks           Discovered 2000 Mar. 9 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team at Socorro.
Named in honor of Branson B. Sparks for achievement as a finalist in the 2001 Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC), a middle school science competition. Branson is a student at the Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, Louisiana.
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Reference: 20011002/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2009-05-11

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Alternate Designations
 2000 ET47 = 1972 XQ = 1983 VA2 = 1992 CA5 = 1998 XW35 
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