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17936 Nilus (1999 HE3)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2017936
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2459000.5 (2020-May-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 24 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .06621424195799698 3.6906e-08  
a 2.259211765877243 8.4357e-09 au
q 2.109619771377093 8.2799e-08 au
i 3.168043966556926 3.9828e-06 deg
node 272.9630852025516 8.4011e-05 deg
peri 204.6479922522129 9.1257e-05 deg
M 184.9749077700771 3.5542e-05 deg
tp 2459603.519912058061
0.00012297 TDB
period 1240.320262512555
n .2902476165879423 1.6256e-09 deg/d
Q 2.408803760377392 8.9942e-09 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      1573  
   data-arc span      10339 days (28.31 yr)  
   first obs. used      1991-01-19  
   last obs. used      2019-05-11  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .49625  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2019-May-30 02:33:46  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.12633 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.63635 au 
 T_jup = 3.616 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.8   n/a MPO474004  
diameter diameter 2.831 km 0.528 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  
geometric albedo albedo 0.349   0.208 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  

17936 Nilus           Discovered 1999 Apr. 24 by J. Broughton at Reedy Creek Observatory.
Nilus is the Graeco-Roman personified god of the river Nile. The annual ebb and flow of the Nile sparked the advent of agriculture and farming around 6500 years ago. This inexorably led to the development of an ancient Egyptian civilization that was a keystone for those that followed.
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Reference: 20011230/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2009-05-11

Alternate Designations
 1999 HE3 = 1993 QS5 = 1997 WC41 = 1999 JL125 
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