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1868 Thersites (2008 P-L)
Classification: Jupiter Trojan          SPK-ID: 2001868
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2459396.5 (2021-Jul-01.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 41 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1103940048678185 3.2972e-08  
a 5.311283913424241 6.2492e-08 au
q 4.724950011231319 2.035e-07 au
i 16.75461669892632 3.1817e-06 deg
node 197.7877519922436 2.4647e-06 deg
peri 170.8026858136089 9.4324e-06 deg
M 12.94280596673968 9.9341e-06 deg
tp 2459235.760119070446
0.00012386 TDB
period 4470.928273462794
n .08052019132956817 1.4211e-09 deg/d
Q 5.897617815617163 6.9391e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      2683  
   data-arc span      24562 days (67.25 yr)  
   first obs. used      1954-03-28  
   last obs. used      2021-06-26  
   planetary ephem.      DE441  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB441-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .41372  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2021-Jul-08 12:53:17  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 3.72515 au 
 Jupiter MOID = .216982 au 
 T_jup = 2.903 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 9.62   n/a E2021B10  
diameter diameter 68.163 km 0.809 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[jupiter_trojans] (  
rotation period rot_per 10.492 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2020-October); Warner et al., 2009 Published Reference List:
[Mottola, S.; Di Martino, M.; Erikson, A.; Gonano-Beurer, M.; et al. (2011) Astron. J. 141, A170.]
[Stephens, R.D.; Coley, D.R.; Warner, B.D.; French, L.M. (2016) Minor Planet Bull. 43, 323-331.]
[Stephens, R.D.; Warner, B.D. (2018) Minor Planet Bull. 45, 48-50.]
[Stephens, R.D.; Warner, B.D. (2020) Minor Planet Bull. 47, 43-46.]
geometric albedo albedo 0.055   0.008 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[jupiter_trojans] (  

1868 Thersites (2008 P-L)          Discovered 1960-Sep-24 by PLS at Palomar
These planets have all been discovered as a result of the Palomar survey of faint minor planets and subsequently identified with planets observed at other oppositions. In Sept. and Oct. 1960, T. Gehrels exposed 130 plates with the 122 cm Schmidt camera at Palomar. In the following years C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld measured these plates astrometrically and photometrically at Leiden. P. Herget, Cincinnati, computed the orbits of the planets found on the NORC computer, Dahlgren, Virginia, USA.
Note: "planet" implies "minor planet"
Reference: DISCOVERY.DBLast Updated: 2003-08-29

Alternate Designations
 2008 P-L = 1972 RB2 
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