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6630 Skepticus (1982 VA1)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2006630
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2458600.5 (2019-Apr-27.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 36 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2005757336000065 3.2283e-08  
a 2.231951208882496 6.5889e-09 au
q 1.784275957801468 7.2937e-08 au
i 6.060811495389983 3.7903e-06 deg
node 61.5295048031785 3.4022e-05 deg
peri 273.29275758346 3.5276e-05 deg
M 30.3380249850081 1.036e-05 deg
tp 2458497.861504927663
(2019-Jan-14.36150493)
3.4847e-05 TDB
period 1217.938815868876
3.33
5.3932e-06
1.477e-08
d
yr
n .2955813504828453 1.3089e-09 deg/d
Q 2.679626459963524 7.9105e-09 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      2147  
   data-arc span      15638 days (42.81 yr)  
   first obs. used      1977-02-12  
   last obs. used      2019-12-07  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .47741  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2019-Dec-13 22:15:39  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .786405 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 2.70675 au 
 T_jup = 3.607 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 13.5   n/a MPO502216  
diameter diameter 4.647 km 0.115 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011ApJ...741...68M)  
geometric albedo albedo 0.391   0.076 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011ApJ...741...68M)  

6630 Skepticus           Discovered 1982 Nov. 15 by E. Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory.
Named for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal and its journal The Skeptical Enquirer. CSICOP is a nonprofit educational organization, founded in 1976 to investigate paranormal occult and fringe claims using rigorous scientific methodology. CSICOP has spawned a grassroots movement of some 70 autonomous groups worldwide. Through public education and outreach, CSICOP has become a voice of reason to counter pseudoscience and superstition. Name and citation provided by J. McGaha.
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Reference: 19960828/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2003-09-26

Alternate Designations
 1982 VA1 = 1977 CC3 = 1982 XH1 = 1985 RN2 
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