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51772 Sparker (2001 MJ)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2051772
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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 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 13 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1876443049839409 7.4224e-08  
a 2.684373034081199 2.6462e-08 au
q 2.1806657217834 1.8882e-07 au
i 11.01217353532713 8.0774e-06 deg
node 261.0313860474014 3.0083e-05 deg
peri 79.26185946885049 3.7821e-05 deg
M 121.2405635944032 2.4456e-05 deg
tp 2457059.486410851544
0.00010529 JED
period 1606.433410727194
n .2240989247335417 3.3136e-09 deg/d
Q 3.188080346378998 3.1427e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      757  
   data-arc span      10068 days (27.56 yr)  
   first obs. used      1988-09-10  
   last obs. used      2016-04-04  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .57288  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2016-Apr-25 14:36:40  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.20327 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.28923 au 
 T_jup = 3.323 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.2 mag n/a MPO365854  

51772 Sparker           Discovered 2001 June 16 by R. Dyvig at Badlands Observatory.
Steve Parker (b. 1951) is currently director of Hidden Valley Observatory, which is operated by the Black Hills Astronomical Society in Rapid City, South Dakota. He has extensive knowledge and skill in construction techniques, and his voluntary effort was instrumental in the rebuilding of Badlands Observatory after a fire in 1998.
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Reference: 20090806/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2011-05-09

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Alternate Designations
 2001 MJ = 1988 RC8 
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