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20106 Morton (1995 QG)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2020106
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2459000.5 (2020-May-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 20 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .158836349458621 4.5503e-08  
a 2.64811475575375 1.4493e-08 au
q 2.227497875002317 1.185e-07 au
i 13.35681542438079 6.5397e-06 deg
node 323.0177032372391 2.087e-05 deg
peri 104.2333130574341 3.0389e-05 deg
M 228.8345014597889 2.0142e-05 deg
tp 2459573.983255969332
8.8899e-05 TDB
period 1573.996016076342
n .2287172243913349 1.8776e-09 deg/d
Q 3.068731636505183 1.6795e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      670  
   data-arc span      9481 days (25.96 yr)  
   first obs. used      1993-04-20  
   last obs. used      2019-04-05  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .52268  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2019-Jul-12 23:36:26  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = 1.28532 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.28023 au 
 T_jup = 3.335 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 15.0   n/a MPO384927  
diameter diameter 3.183 km 0.629 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  
rotation period rot_per 18.043 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2019-August); Warner et al., 2009 Result based on less than full coverage, so that the period may be wrong by 30 percent or so.
Published Reference List:
[Waszczak, A.; Chang, C.-K.; Ofeck, E.O.; Laher, F.; et al. (2015) Astron. J. 150, A75.]
geometric albedo albedo 0.121   0.054 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  

20106 Morton           Discovered 1995 Aug. 20 by D. D. Balam at the National Research Council of Canada.
Donald C. Morton (b. 1933), was director of the Anglo-Australian Observatory during 1976-1986 and of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa during 1986-2000. With a rocket he made the first ultraviolet spectral observations of stars. He played a leading role in the development of the Gemini Observatory.
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Reference: 20010309/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2009-05-11

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