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2456 Palamedes (1966 BA1)
Classification: Jupiter Trojan          SPK-ID: 2002456
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Orbit Diagram
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Orbit Viewer

Additional Notes: the orbits shown in the applet are color coded. The planets are white lines, and the asteroid/comet is a blue line. The bright white line indicates the portion of the orbit that is above the ecliptic plane, and the darker portion is below the ecliptic plane. Likewise for the asteroid/comet orbit, the light blue indicates the portion above the ecliptic plane, and the dark blue the portion below the ecliptic plane.

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 50 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .07412160166814985 7.586e-08  
a 5.129152969590669 1.1527e-07 AU
q 4.748971936283661 3.9611e-07 AU
i 13.90843695520204 9.5781e-06 deg
node 327.4010921883959 2.7328e-05 deg
peri 95.61946525899724 7.5643e-05 deg
M 123.5060082441525 6.6888e-05 deg
tp 2455544.865002439956
0.0008005 JED
period 4242.94013361432
n .08484682523515513 2.8601e-09 deg/d
Q 5.509334002897676 1.2381e-07 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      869  
   data-arc span      22616 days (61.92 yr)  
   first obs. used      1953-02-15  
   last obs. used      2015-01-17  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .58783  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Mar-09 13:42:19  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 3.79793 AU 
 T_jup = 2.937 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 9.3 mag n/a MPO263367  
diameter diameter 91.66 km 3.1 IRAS-A-FPA-3-RDR-IMPS-V6.0 IRAS observations used: 12
rotation period rot_per 7.24 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2015-Feb); Warner et al., 2009 Published Reference List:
[Stephens, R.D. (2010) Minor Planet Bul. 37, 47-48.]
[Mottola, S.; Di Martino, M.; Erikson, A.; Gonano-Beurer, M.; et al. (2011) Astron. J. 141, A170.]
geometric albedo albedo 0.0304   0.002 IRAS-A-FPA-3-RDR-IMPS-V6.0 IRAS observations used: 12

2456 Palamedes (1966 BA1)          Discovered 1966-Jan-30 by Purple Mountain Observatory at Nanking
Reference: DISCOVERY.DBLast Updated: 2003-08-29

Alternate Designations
 1966 BA1 = 1973 TJ = 1977 AK1 = 1979 EF 
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