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61401 Schiff (2000 QQ6)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2061401
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Orbit Diagram
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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 2457000.5 (2014-Dec-09.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 10 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1063203084486518 6.6075e-08  
a 2.581762178397716 2.4522e-08 AU
q 2.307268427249407 1.7478e-07 AU
i 2.237012332266003 7.8764e-06 deg
node 350.8606429449146 0.0001666 deg
peri 21.86432189574084 0.0001712 deg
M 136.9831260761576 4.4545e-05 deg
tp 2456423.949503422912
0.00018337 JED
period 1515.209827029037
n .2375908561165246 3.385e-09 deg/d
Q 2.856255929546024 2.7129e-08 AU
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      541  
   data-arc span      8134 days (22.27 yr)  
   first obs. used      1992-11-20  
   last obs. used      2015-02-27  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-BIG16  
   condition code      0  
   fit RMS      .56352  
   data source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2015-Mar-09 17:00:17  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.30752 AU 
 T_jup = 3.415 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 15.1 mag n/a MPO236671  

61401 Schiff           Discovered 2000 Aug. 25 by S. Sposetti at Gnosca.
In 1960 Leonard Schiff (1915-1971) proposed the use of orbiting gyroscopes to check some of the effects of the theory of general relativity. His ideas led to the Gravity Probe B experiment.
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