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52963 Vercingetorix (1998 TB16)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2052963
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2459000.5 (2020-May-31.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 19 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2132213450818174 3.1497e-08  
a 2.2351866921791 6.588e-09 au
q 1.758597179163694 6.9111e-08 au
i 2.185325405423178 3.9495e-06 deg
node 249.1701028282082 9.7831e-05 deg
peri 68.49984559018969 9.8417e-05 deg
M 219.9508925319744 1.2445e-05 deg
tp 2459475.339649933174
4.3296e-05 TDB
period 1220.588099891821
n .2949397917544062 1.304e-09 deg/d
Q 2.711776205194506 7.9927e-09 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      1072  
   data-arc span      10472 days (28.67 yr)  
   first obs. used      1991-06-04  
   last obs. used      2020-02-04  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .56134  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2020-Feb-23 10:39:09  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .746729 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.5911 au 
 T_jup = 3.608 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 15.8   n/a MPO452890  
diameter diameter 4.483 km 0.268 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  
rotation period rot_per 3.265 h n/a LCDB (Rev. 2019-August); Warner et al., 2009 Result based on fragmentary lightcurve(s), may be completely wrong.
Published Reference List:
[Behrend, R. (2018) Observatoire de Geneve web site,]
geometric albedo albedo 0.038   0.009 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  

52963 Vercingetorix           Discovered 1998 Oct. 15 by ODAS at Caussols.
Vercingetorix (b. 82--72 BCE, d. 46 BCE) was a King of the Arverni and military leader of the Celtic people against the Roman invasion. He beat Julius Caesar's forces at the Battle of Gergovia (52 BCE), but surrendered during the battle of Alesia, presumably because of superstitions related to the lunar eclipse of 26 Sep. 52 BCE.
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Reference: MPC batch dated 2018-09-25Last Updated: 2018-10-01

Alternate Designations
 1998 TB16 = 2001 NO9 
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