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2868 Upupa (1972 UA)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2002868
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 8 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1739732380704206 5.5758e-08  
a 2.816069380258311 1.9609e-08 AU
q 2.32614867154381 1.6227e-07 AU
i 7.550603930204581 6.105e-06 deg
node 138.1887533621289 4.3524e-05 deg
peri 261.0851049478247 4.7144e-05 deg
M 328.3952897227858 1.9803e-05 deg
tp 2457152.034934372139
(2015-May-09.53493437)
9.584e-05 JED
period 1726.090063647898
4.73
1.8029e-05
4.936e-08
d
yr
n .2085638563025966 2.1784e-09 deg/d
Q 3.305990088972812 2.302e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      1118  
   data-arc span      15304 days (41.90 yr)  
   first obs. used      1972-10-30  
   last obs. used      2014-09-24  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .50439  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Oct-09 13:55:52  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.34794 AU 
 T_jup = 3.284 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 12.9 mag n/a MPO309169  

2868 Upupa (1972 UA)          Discovered 1972-Oct-30 by Wild, P. at Zimmerwald
Reference: DISCOVERY.DBLast Updated: 2003-08-29

Alternate Designations
 1972 UA = 1981 QT2 
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