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4603 Bertaud (1986 WM3)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2004603
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 14 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2384005015245377 5.86e-08  
a 2.629560065845041 2.1866e-08 AU
q 2.002671627358687 1.5674e-07 AU
i 12.51841443683288 8.7447e-06 deg
node 338.4601063738957 2.7316e-05 deg
peri 290.4826216512502 3.3015e-05 deg
M 304.7066404348245 2.071e-05 deg
tp 2457239.717830612586
9.028e-05 JED
period 1557.482122586916
n .2311422999848334 2.8831e-09 deg/d
Q 3.256448504331395 2.7079e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      1124  
   data-arc span      30858 days (84.48 yr)  
   first obs. used      1930-08-21  
   last obs. used      2015-02-14  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .51339  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Mar-09 13:54:19  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.02817 AU 
 T_jup = 3.327 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 12.2 mag n/a MPO256897  
rotation period rot_per 9.6 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2015-Feb); Warner et al., 2009 value is uncertain (e.g., author's best guess); Result based on fragmentary lightcurve(s), may be completely wrong.
Published Reference List:
[Behrend, R. (2007) Observatoire de Geneve web site,]

4603 Bertaud (1986 WM3)          Discovered 1986-Nov-25 by CERGA at Caussols
Reference: DISCOVERY.DBLast Updated: 2003-08-29

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Alternate Designations
 1986 WM3 = 1930 QL = 1943 SC = 1977 QK = 1980 BX1 
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