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7970 Lichtenberg (6065 P-L)
Classification: Main-belt Asteroid          SPK-ID: 2007970
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Orbital Elements at Epoch 2458600.5 (2019-Apr-27.0) TDB
Reference: JPL 26 (heliocentric ecliptic J2000)
 Element Value Uncertainty (1-sigma)   Units 
e .2424369239312684 3.2357e-08  
a 2.577353451112764 1.0244e-08 au
q 1.952507808541347 8.5205e-08 au
i 4.150654715311791 4.2403e-06 deg
node 348.1926833220748 5.5052e-05 deg
peri 289.126319160563 5.6061e-05 deg
M 121.5463166787541 1.2542e-05 deg
tp 2458090.231570085648
(2017-Dec-02.73157009)
5.134e-05 TDB
period 1511.330328953328
4.14
9.0101e-06
2.467e-08
d
yr
n .2382007381862826 1.4201e-09 deg/d
Q 3.202199093684182 1.2727e-08 au
  Orbit Determination Parameters
   # obs. used (total)      1599  
   data-arc span      21623 days (59.20 yr)  
   first obs. used      1960-09-24  
   last obs. used      2019-12-07  
   planetary ephem.      DE431  
   SB-pert. ephem.      SB431-N16  
   condition code      0  
   norm. resid. RMS      .51457  
   source      ORB  
   producer      Otto Matic  
   solution date      2019-Dec-13 22:34:02  

Additional Information
 Earth MOID = .940477 au 
 Jupiter MOID = 1.96261 au 
 T_jup = 3.381 
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Physical Parameter Table
Parameter Symbol Value Units Sigma Reference Notes
absolute magnitude H 14.2   n/a MPO458909  
diameter diameter 6.171 km 0.922 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012ApJ...759L...8M)  
geometric albedo albedo 0.117   0.062 urn:nasa:pds:neowise_diameters_albedos::2.0[mainbelt] (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012ApJ...759L...8M)  

7970 Lichtenberg           Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on Palomar Schmidt plates taken by T. Gehrels.
Named in memory of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799). In his time he was one of Europe's best-known experimental physicists. He worked in Göttingen, Germany, and in Brighton, England. Even today, he is known for his aphorisms, such as: "it is almost impossible to carry the torch of the truth through a crowd without singeing someone's beard", "the healthy scholar is the man for whom thinking is not an illness" and "I always feel pain when a gifted person dies---the world has a greater need for these than the heavens". Name proposed by K.-O. Groeneveld.
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Reference: 19981208/MPCPages.arcLast Updated: 2009-11-17

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Alternate Designations
 6065 P-L = 1992 GK5 = 1993 RX17 
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