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9135 Lacaille (7609 P-L)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2009135
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 8 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1315665461794581 6.4128e-08  
a 2.310891710996282 1.5636e-08 AU
q 2.006855669985762 1.4876e-07 AU
i 6.457482969829647 8.4494e-06 deg
node 45.80998412755291 4.5999e-05 deg
peri 228.9104113961369 5.4135e-05 deg
M 232.5629188159415 3.0909e-05 deg
tp 2457454.714646364965
(2016-Mar-07.21464637)
0.00011191 JED
period 1283.121609284335
3.51
1.3022e-05
3.565e-08
d
yr
n .2805657681977557 2.8475e-09 deg/d
Q 2.614927752006801 1.7693e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      749  
   data-arc span      19461 days (53.28 yr)  
   first obs. used      1960-10-17  
   last obs. used      2014-01-28  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .57529  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-09 19:27:27  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .999106 AU 
 T_jup = 3.565 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 15.0 mag n/a MPO284224  

9135 Lacaille           Discovered 1960 Oct. 17 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on Palomar Schmidt plates taken by T. Gehrels.
Named in memory of Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762), French astronomer known as the "father of southern astronomy" for his naming of southern constellations and his countless astrometric observations of planets and stars. In 1750, the abbé Lacaille went to an expedition to the Cape for trigonometric determinations of the lunar and solar parallax, his observations being partly supported by simultaneous measurements by Lalande in Berlin. Lacaille's observations of the southern heavens resulted in a famous catalogue of 9766 stars, a work that was eventually published in 1847 by Baily. Lacaille is also known as a precise observer of comet 1P/Halley in 1759.
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Reference: 19990402/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2010-06-11

Alternate Designations
 7609 P-L = 1994 EK6 
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