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5145 Pholus (1992 AD)
Classification: Centaur          SPK-ID: 2005145
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Orbit Viewer applet originally written and kindly provided by Osamu Ajiki (AstroArts), and further modified by Ron Baalke (JPL).

Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 19 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .572171920075945 1.4681e-06  
a 20.37819860710292 8.7523e-05 au
q 8.718365582387895 9.4758e-06 au
i 24.70459890190365 1.4594e-05 deg
node 119.3033694296312 4.3333e-05 deg
peri 355.0956120778387 0.00016345 deg
M 97.20845404779335 0.00065837 deg
tp 2448527.547266653994
0.0031499 JED
period 33600.60620240578
n .01071409241343462 6.9025e-08 deg/d
Q 32.03803163181794 0.0001376 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      328  
   data-arc span      11593 days (31.74 yr)  
   first obs. used      1977-07-22  
   last obs. used      2009-04-18  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      1  
   fit RMS      .60118  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Jun-04 15:50:20  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 7.73395 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 3.46919 au 
 T_jup = 3.204 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 7.1 mag n/a MPO169571  
diameter diameter 190 km 26 Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 89, Issue 1, p. 117-134 (2002)  
rotation period rot_per 9.980 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2016-February); Warner et al., 2009 Published Reference List:
[Buie, M.W.; Bus, S.J. (1992) Icarus 100, 288-294.]
[Hoffmann, M.; Fink, U.; Grundy, W.M. (1992) in Observations and Physical Properties of Small Solar System Bodies. A. Brahic, J.-C. Gerard, J. Surdej, eds. Universite de Liege, Institut d'Astrophysique, Liege, pp. 203-208.]
[Farnham, T.L. (2001) Icarus 152, 238-245.]
[Tegler, S.C.; Romanishin, W.; Consolmagno, G.J.; Rall, J.; et al. (2005) Icarus 175, 390-396.]
geometric albedo albedo 0.044   0.013 Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 89, Issue 1, p. 117-134 (2002)  
Tholen spectral type spec_T Z   n/a EAR-A-5-DDR-TAXONOMY-V4.0 used 3 color indices

5145 Pholus (1992 AD)          Discovered 1992-Jan-09 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak
Reference: DISCOVERY.DBLast Updated: 2003-08-29
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