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73703 Billings (1991 TL15)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2073703
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 7 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .04597128012413663 7.8549e-08  
a 3.083487922759254 4.7883e-08 AU
q 2.941736035702696 2.5405e-07 AU
i 10.66144584177027 1.001e-05 deg
node 52.91137184240795 4.3632e-05 deg
peri 95.30478406545437 0.00011997 deg
M 358.1372860218272 0.00011019 deg
tp 2457010.733058981480
(2014-Dec-19.23305898)
0.00060536 JED
period 1977.706334145012
5.41
4.6067e-05
1.261e-07
d
yr
n .1820290473790856 4.24e-09 deg/d
Q 3.225239809815812 5.0084e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      515  
   data-arc span      8192 days (22.43 yr)  
   first obs. used      1991-10-06  
   last obs. used      2014-03-11  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .55817  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-10 13:42:53  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.97754 AU 
 T_jup = 3.199 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.1 mag n/a MPO250856  

73703 Billings           Discovered 1991 Oct. 6 by A. Lowe on plates taken at Palomar.
Gary W. Billings is a geophysicist and amateur astronomer in Calgary, Alberta. He discovered five minor planets in 1999. More recently, he has conducted extensive CCD photometry of variable stars in collaboration with observers worldwide. He served as a council member of the AAVSO from 2002 to 2004.
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Reference: 20040713/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2004-07-14

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Alternate Designations
 1991 TL15 = 2001 QK279 
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