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20000 Varuna (2000 WR106)
Classification: TransNeptunian Object          SPK-ID: 2020000
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 33 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .05118000419770822 1.0246e-05  
a 43.19387441553436 0.0017771 AU
q 40.98321174163203 0.0012942 AU
i 17.1475555983577 0.00011552 deg
node 97.26730793420461 7.4486e-05 deg
peri 273.0176907827111 0.035533 deg
M 101.4808981833056 0.037541 deg
tp 2427771.532768069977
(1934-Nov-30.03276807)
9.0101 JED
period 103688.7571145466
283.88
6.399
0.01752
d
yr
n .003471928972996583 2.1426e-07 deg/d
Q 45.40453708943669 0.001868 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      300  
   data-arc span      21613 days (59.17 yr)  
   first obs. used      1954-11-24  
   last obs. used      2014-01-26  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      2  
   fit RMS      .42871  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2014-Jun-09 22:35:25  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 40.0286 AU 
 T_jup = 5.619 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 3.6 mag n/a MPO263526  
diameter diameter 900 km 140 Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 89, Issue 1, p. 117-134 (2002)  
rotation period rot_per 6.3436 h n/a Asteroid Lightcurve DataBase (Rev. 2014-Mar-01) Published Reference List:
[Farnham, T.L. (2001) IAUC 7583.]
[Jewitt, D.C.; Sheppard, S.S. (2002) Astron. J. 123, 2110-2120.]
[Lellouch, E.; Moreno, R.; Ortiz, J.L.; Paubert, G.; et al. (2002) Astron. Astrophys. 391, 1133-1139.]
[Sheppard, S.S.; Jewitt, D.C. (2002) Astron. J. 124, 1757-1775; Proc. ACM 2002, ESA SP 500, 21-24 (2002ESASP.500...21S); Sheppard, S.S. (2001) IAUC 7619 (2001IAUC.7619....3S).]
[Ortiz, J.L.; Gutierrez, P.J.; Casanova, V.; Sota, A. (2003) Astron. Astrophys. 407, 1149-1155.]
[Hicks, M.D.; Simonelli, D.P.; Buratti, B.J. (2005) Icarus 176, 492-498.]
[Rabinowitz, D.L.; Schaefer, B.E.; Tourtellotte, S.W. (2007) Astron. J. 133, 26-43.]
[Behrend, R. (2008) Observatoire de Geneve web site, http://obswww.unige.ch/~behrend/page_cou.html]
[Thirouin, A.; Ortiz, J.L.; Duffard, R.; Santos-Sanz, P.; et al. (2010) Astron. Astrophys. 522, A93.]
geometric albedo albedo 0.07   0.025 Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 89, Issue 1, p. 117-134 (2002)  

20000 Varuna           Discovered 2000 Nov. 28 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.
Varuna is one of the oldest of the vedic deities, the maker and upholder of heaven and earth. As such he is king of gods and men and the universe, and he has unlimited knowledge. The name was suggested by M. Sarabhai.
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Reference: 20010309/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2009-05-11
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