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6629 Kurtz (1982 UP)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2006629
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2459396.5 (2021-Jul-01.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 33 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .1382194756572879 2.0906e-08  
a 2.178142303842516 4.8595e-09 au
q 1.877080616698447 4.5605e-08 au
i 2.128136075623072 1.1923e-06 deg
node 212.0169299277528 2.2617e-05 deg
peri 162.1855093507399 2.4418e-05 deg
M 20.18436894149284 5.5887e-06 deg
tp 2459330.667480429869
1.8103e-05 TDB
period 1174.161407470512
n .3066017991304497 1.026e-09 deg/d
Q 2.479203990986586 5.5311e-09 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      1910  
   data-arc span      18608 days (50.95 yr)  
   first obs. used      1969-09-13  
   last obs. used      2020-08-24  
   planetary ephem.      DE441  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB441-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .5129  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2021-Apr-12 18:56:32  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .877106 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.98762 au 
 T_jup = 3.670 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.62   n/a E2021B10  
diameter diameter 2.854 km 0.174 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  
geometric albedo albedo 0.324   0.130 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (  

6629 Kurtz           Discovered 1982 Oct. 17 by E. Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory.
Named in honor of Paul Kurtz (b. 1925) of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kurtz is professor emeritus of philosophy, chairman and founder of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), chairman of the Council for Secular Humanism, and founder and chairman of Prometheus Books. A noted author and philosopher, he has written more than 30 books and 650 articles on philosophy, humanism and skepticism. He has been influential in bringing philosophy back from a pure analytical study to a more activist stance. Kurtz actively promotes science and the refutation of pseudoscience. Name suggested and citation provided by J. McGaha.
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Reference: 19960828/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2003-09-26

Alternate Designations
 1982 UP = 1969 RS1 
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