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168358 Casca (1996 DF2)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2168358
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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 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 8 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .08974613684517423 1.0124e-07  
a 2.144686071569592 1.9023e-08 AU
q 1.952208781900568 2.3089e-07 AU
i 2.981727142803351 8.0347e-06 deg
node 353.0128895942282 0.00010065 deg
peri 59.42825882077081 0.00011718 deg
M 86.8933806029103 6.3982e-05 deg
tp 2456723.596645519524
0.0002009 JED
period 1147.212905301935
n .3138040012766869 4.1752e-09 deg/d
Q 2.337163361238616 2.0731e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      382  
   data-arc span      8573 days (23.47 yr)  
   first obs. used      1991-09-08  
   last obs. used      2015-02-27  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .58984  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Mar-09 20:51:10  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .964372 AU 
 T_jup = 3.703 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 16.8 mag n/a MPO268134  

168358 Casca           Discovered 1996 Feb. 24 by D. D. Balam at National Research Council of Canada.
This minor planet is named in honor of the Canadian Astronomical Society, or Société Canadienne d´Astronomie. The society is devoted to the promotion and advancement of knowledge of the universe through research and education.
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Reference: 20080122/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2008-03-05

Alternate Designations
 1996 DF2 = 2001 YW78 
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