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4 Vesta
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2000004
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Orbit Diagram
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Orbit Viewer

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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 33 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .08906673774017462 1.0292e-08  
a 2.361348199280398 1.2317e-09 au
q 2.151030618501857 2.3887e-08 au
i 7.14040615716409 1.4093e-06 deg
node 103.8425122329109 2.7662e-06 deg
peri 151.1116347171285 7.5575e-06 deg
M 183.8768224741924 5.428e-06 deg
tp 2458248.914153744373
1.9724e-05 JED
period 1325.374085496326
n .2716214266896483 2.1251e-10 deg/d
Q 2.571665780058939 1.3414e-09 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      7107  
   data-arc span      67680 days (185.30 yr)  
   first obs. used      1827-12-11  
   last obs. used      2013-03-30  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .55596  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Davide Farnocchia  
   solution date      2013-Jul-16 08:46:23  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.13866 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.46707 au 
 T_jup = 3.535 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 3.20 mag n/a IRAS-A-FPA-3-RDR-IMPS-V6.0 IRAS observations used: 2
magnitude slope G 0.32   n/a PDS3 (MPC 17257) Fit
diameter diameter 530 km n/a Thomas et al. (1997) Yeomans E-mail 2001-Apr-04
GM GM 17.8 km^3/s^2 n/a JPL IOM 312.F01-006  
rotation period rot_per 5.342 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2016-February); Warner et al., 2009 Published Reference List:
[Giclas, H.L. (1951) Lowell Obs. Rep. No. 9, 33-71.]
[Stephenson, C.B. (1951) Astrophys. J. 114, 500-504.]
[Groeneveld, I.; Kuiper, G.P. (1954) Astrophys. J. 120, 200-220.]
[Cailliate, C. (1956) Publ. Observ. Lyon 3, fasc. 28.]
[Chang, Y.C.; Chang, C.-s. (1962) Acta Astron. Sin. 10, 101-111.]
[Gehrels, T. (1967) Astron. J. 72, 929-938.]
[Taylor, R.C.; Tapia, S.; Tedesco, E.F. (1985) Icarus 62, 298-304.]
[Magnusson, P. (1986) Icarus 68, 1-39.]
[Aksenov, A.N.; Egorov, Yu.A.; Teifel, V.G.; Kharitonova, G.A. (1987) Pis'ma Astron. Zh. 13, 616-620; Sov. Astron. Lett. 13, 257-259.]
[Lagerkvist, C.-I.; Williams, I.P. (1987) Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 68, 295-315.]
[Lagerkvist, C.I.; Magnusson, P.; Williams, I.P.; Buontempo, M.E.; et al. (1988) Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 73, 395-405.]
[Drummond, J.D.; Weidenschilling, S.J.; Chapman, C.R.; Davis, D.R. (1988) Icarus 76, 19-77.]
[Lagerkvist, C.I.; Magnusson, P.; Williams, I.P.; Buontempo, M.E.; et al. (1989) Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 78, 519-532.]
[Reynoldson, G.; Thacker, P.; Erikson, A.; Oja, T. (1993) Minor Planet Bul. 20, 11-13.]
[Fornasier, S.; Mottola, S.; Barucci, M.A.; Sierks, H.; Hviid, S. (2011) Astron. Astrophys. 533, L9.]
[Russell, C. T.; Raymond, C. A.; Coradini, A.; McSween, H. Y.; et al. (2012) Science 336, 684-686.]
geometric albedo albedo 0.4228   0.053 IRAS-A-FPA-3-RDR-IMPS-V6.0 IRAS observations used: 2
B-V BV .782 mag .020 EAR-A-5-DDR-UBV-MEAN-VALUES-V1.1 #obs=23; phase (min.=1.73, mean=14.92, max.=24.69) deg.
U-B UB .492 mag .030 EAR-A-5-DDR-UBV-MEAN-VALUES-V1.1 #obs=23; phase (min.=1.73, mean=15.34, max.=24.69) deg.
Tholen spectral type spec_T V   n/a EAR-A-5-DDR-TAXONOMY-V4.0 used 7 color indices; used ground-based radiometric albedo
SMASSII spectral type spec_B V   n/a EAR-A-5-DDR-TAXONOMY-V4.0 based on a high-resolution spectrum by Xu et al. (1995) or Bus and Binzel (2002)

4 Vesta          Discovered 1807-Mar-29 by Olbers, H. W. at Bremen
Reference: DISCOVERY.DBLast Updated: 2003-08-29
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