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6478 Gault (1988 JC1)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2006478
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2456800.5 (2014-May-23.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 8 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1940792306554081 5.3048e-08  
a 2.305010585960994 1.6264e-08 AU
q 1.857655904785113 1.24e-07 AU
i 22.80068253585959 1.0921e-05 deg
node 183.6135558726175 1.3654e-05 deg
peri 83.08408595200103 3.1139e-05 deg
M 142.7773257287805 3.0751e-05 deg
tp 2456293.550667324789
(2013-Jan-01.05066732)
0.00010609 JED
period 1278.226488915727
3.50
1.3529e-05
3.704e-08
d
yr
n .2816402281769133 2.9808e-09 deg/d
Q 2.752365267136875 1.942e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      672  
   data-arc span      9332 days (25.55 yr)  
   first obs. used      1988-05-12  
   last obs. used      2013-11-29  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .49112  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-09 18:23:06  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .988368 AU 
 T_jup = 3.461 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.5 mag n/a MPO267734  

6478 Gault           Discovered 1988 May 12 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.
Named in memory of Donald Gault (1923-1999), a giant in the field of impact cratering processes. Gault applied his understanding and insight as an experimentalist to interpreting impact data and its application to the moon, the earth, Mars and Mercury. His work is at the heart of the most basic of all processes concerned with solid bodies in the solar system. It is the "rock" upon which others tried to build.
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Reference: 19990728/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2010-06-11

Alternate Designations
 1988 JC1 = 1995 KC1 
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