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This Java-based orbit viewer will eventually be retired.
Make sure you have Java enabled on your browser to see the applet.
This applet is provided as a 3D orbit visualization tool.
The applet was implemented using two-body methods,
and hence should not be used for determining accurate long-term trajectories
(over several years or decades) or planetary encounter circumstances.
For accurate long-term ephemerides, please instead use our Horizons system.
If the applet is not working,
here are some notes that might help.
Additional Notes: the orbits shown in the applet are color coded. The planets are white lines, and the asteroid/comet is a blue line. The bright white line indicates the portion of the orbit that is above the ecliptic plane, and the darker portion is below the ecliptic plane. Likewise for the asteroid/comet orbit, the light blue indicates the portion above the ecliptic plane, and the dark blue the portion below the ecliptic plane.
Orbit Viewer applet originally written and kindly provided by
Osamu Ajiki (AstroArts),
and further modified by
Ron Baalke (JPL).
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|Orbital Elements at Epoch 2459000.5 (2020-May-31.0) TDB |
Reference: JPL 34 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
| Element ||Value ||Uncertainty (1-sigma) || Units |
|e ||.1663081725638222 ||3.1807e-08 || |
|a ||2.349430633549611 ||6.9966e-09 ||au|
|q ||1.958701118318512 ||7.6691e-08 ||au|
|i ||2.01408093192382 ||3.3562e-06 ||deg|
|node ||228.5776478352191 ||0.00010051 ||deg|
|peri ||10.04010954611418 ||0.00010131 ||deg|
|M ||312.4499261774145 ||1.4985e-05 ||deg|
|tp ||2459174.236497624796 |
|period ||1315.35314494546 |
|n ||.273690758549049 ||1.2226e-09 ||deg/d|
|Q ||2.74016014878071 ||8.1602e-09 ||au|| ||Orbit Determination Parameters
|Physical Parameter Table|
||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:
[Molnar, L.A.; Haegert, M.J. (2007) Minor Planet Bull. 34, 126-128.]
|3091 van den Heuvel (6081 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.DB||Last Updated: 2003-08-29|
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| 6081 P-L = 1970 GE2 = 1977 EC8 |