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20000 Varuna (2000 WR106)
Classification: TransNeptunian Object          SPK-ID: 2020000
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2457600.5 (2016-Jul-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 39 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .05052582581226123 6.8378e-06  
a 43.06877442095244 0.0015622 au
q 40.89268902661183 0.0012464 au
i 17.17631294800292 8.7469e-05 deg
node 97.30519366121926 6.5755e-05 deg
peri 269.379952499224 0.032606 deg
M 107.3564982952428 0.034428 deg
tp 2426813.453062537224
8.1991 JED
period 103238.6215411585
n .003487067093940979 1.8973e-07 deg/d
Q 45.24485981529305 0.0016412 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      328  
   data-arc span      22351 days (61.19 yr)  
   first obs. used      1954-11-24  
   last obs. used      2016-02-03  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      3  
   fit RMS      .43838  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2016-Feb-25 19:26:52  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 39.9362 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 36.148 au 
 T_jup = 5.611 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 3.7 mag n/a MPO365491  
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 LCDB (Rev. 2016-February); Warner et al., 2009 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,]
[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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