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65489 Ceto (2003 FX128)
Classification: TransNeptunian Object          SPK-ID: 2065489
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 7 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .8262580932696592 3.0979e-05  
a 102.8640046811155 0.019448 au
q 17.87178830721571 0.00019883 au
i 22.26591715429287 7.1595e-05 deg
node 171.8560638603348 0.00012103 deg
peri 320.156356105128 0.0013049 deg
M 9.301850049929325 0.002708 deg
tp 2447754.487051436095
0.074712 JED
period 381060.1807658615
n .0009447326647367501 2.6792e-07 deg/d
Q 187.8562210550152 0.035517 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      80  
   data-arc span      9239 days (25.30 yr)  
   first obs. used      1987-01-31  
   last obs. used      2012-05-18  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      2  
   fit RMS      .52571  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Jun-04 18:20:28  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 16.9155 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 12.7635 au 
 T_jup = 4.686 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 6.4 mag n/a MPO231800  
rotation period rot_per 4.43 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2016-February); Warner et al., 2009 Result based on less than full coverage, so that the period may be wrong by 30 percent or so.
Published Reference List:
[Dotto, E.; Pema, D.; Barucci, M.A.; Rossi, A. et al. (2008) Astron. Astrophys. 490, 829-833.]
[Perna, D.; Dotto, E.; Barucci, M.A.; Rossi, A.; et al. (2008) Bul. Amer. Astron. Soc. 40, 483 (47.08).]

65489 Ceto           Discovered 2003 Mar. 22 by C. A. Trujillo and M. Brown at Palomar.
The satellite (65489) Ceto I, discovered 2006 Apr. 11 by K. Noll, H. Levison, W. Grundy and D. Stephens using the Hubble Space Telescope, is named Phorcys, for another child of Gaia and Pontus. Phorcys is represented with a man's head, crab's claws and a fish tail. Together the monstrous sea creatures Ceto and Phorcys produced numerous offspring, including many monstrous creatures known collectively as the Phorcydides.
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Reference: 20061109/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2006-11-13
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