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53311 Deucalion (1999 HU11)
Classification: TransNeptunian Object          SPK-ID: 2053311
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 2 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .0616616467906079 0.0018997  
a 44.1580738251843 0.012838 AU
q 41.4352142740222 0.080448 AU
i .3656717213786143 0.0011162 deg
node 51.47618963565958 0.081031 deg
peri 239.1811580476818 0.32903 deg
M 299.7281220208998 0.18043 deg
tp 2474944.771498843270
(2064-Jan-25.27149884)
47.335 JED
period 107179.9644574475
293.44
46.741
0.128
d
yr
n .003358836717499816 1.4648e-06 deg/d
Q 46.88093337634641 0.01363 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      34  
   data-arc span      1510 days (4.13 yr)  
   first obs. used      1999-04-12  
   last obs. used      2003-05-31  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      3  
   fit RMS      .3781  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-10 08:33:56  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 40.4202 AU 
 T_jup = 5.933 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 6.6 mag n/a MPO57650  

53311 Deucalion           Discovered 1999 Apr. 18 by the Deep Ecliptic Survey at Kitt Peak.
After a flood in which all humans were drowned except for Deucalion and Pyrrha, an oracle tells them to "throw the bones of their mother" behind them. Puzzled, they decided that their mother is Earth and her bones are stones. The stones they then threw over their shoulders sprang up into people to repopulate the world.
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Reference: 20030614/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2005-04-26
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