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66652 Borasisi (1999 RZ253)
Classification: TransNeptunian Object          SPK-ID: 2066652
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 10 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .08485557430625157 0.00028416  
a 43.58335165151961 0.016134 AU
q 39.88506131693859 0.0031539 AU
i .5630969913310939 8.8911e-05 deg
node 84.63585744969625 0.019823 deg
peri 195.9286842058705 0.081542 deg
M 57.94745535098601 0.099647 deg
tp 2440083.971932165925
(1968-Aug-15.47193217)
19.969 JED
period 105094.3491398133
287.73
58.357
0.1598
d
yr
n .003425493406130433 1.9021e-06 deg/d
Q 47.28164198610062 0.017503 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      51  
   data-arc span      4790 days (13.11 yr)  
   first obs. used      1999-09-08  
   last obs. used      2012-10-19  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      3  
   fit RMS      .47883  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-10 11:56:55  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 38.87 AU 
 T_jup = 5.886 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 5.9 mag n/a MPO253782  

66652 Borasisi           Discovered 1999 Sept. 8 by C. A. Trujillo, J. X. Luu and D. C. Jewitt at Mauna Kea.
Also named is (66652) I Pabu, discovered 2003 Apr. 23 by K. Noll, D. Stephens, W. Grundy and colleagues using the Hubble Space Telescope. Borasisi and Pabu are the mythical personifications of the sun and moon in the fictional cosmogony of Bokononism described in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle: "Borasisi, the sun, held Pabu, the moon, in his arms and hoped that Pabu would bear him a fiery child. But poor Pabu gave birth to children that were cold, that did not burn... Then poor Pabu herself was cast away, and she went to live with her favorite child, which was Earth."
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