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15838 Auclair (1995 FU12)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2015838
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 19 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .09793981549295923 5.7355e-08  
a 2.99095582085865 2.8142e-08 au
q 2.698022159616162 1.7104e-07 au
i 1.73019744840553 6.0297e-06 deg
node 11.99308091204222 0.00017778 deg
peri 339.4444128301615 0.00018022 deg
M 245.8788583159214 3.3757e-05 deg
tp 2458199.431329354141
0.00018093 JED
period 1889.354377161581
n .1905412792600804 2.6892e-09 deg/d
Q 3.283889482101139 3.0898e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      990  
   data-arc span      7692 days (21.06 yr)  
   first obs. used      1995-03-27  
   last obs. used      2016-04-17  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .53876  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2016-Apr-25 13:23:21  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.69136 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.10433 au 
 T_jup = 3.248 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.0 mag n/a MPO337393  

15838 Auclair           Discovered 1995 Mar. 27 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
Joseph Armand Gaston Raymond Auclair (b. 1952) is an amateur astronomer active in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Auclair served as a Canadian Coast Guard officer and began work on transport policy in 1990. The name was suggested by R. Jedicke and P. Jedicke.
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Reference: 20050523/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2005-07-21

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Alternate Designations
 1995 FU12 = 1997 XT2 = 2000 GW6 
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