[FoRK] More precision to Sedona's (sic) orbit

Joseph S. Barrera III joe at barrera.org
Fri Mar 19 18:10:29 PST 2004


 But's that's still truly one fucking huge orbit.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:     Re: {MPML} 2003VB12 New Precovery
Date:     Fri, 19 Mar 2004 16:01:10 -1000 (HST)
From:     Dave Tholen <tholen at IFA.Hawaii.Edu>
Reply-To:     mpml at yahoogroups.com
To:     mpml at yahoogroups.com

 > From: Andrea Pelloni <mc3657 at mclink.it>
 > My friends, I've the pleasure to inform you that the RHP SpaceGuard 
Team, 
 > composed by Roberto Haver and Andrea Pelloni, with the precious help 
of   
 > Prof. Giuseppe Forti of Arcetri Observatory, has found on DSS-2 
images two
 > new precovery positions for the KBO 2003 VB12, so that its orbit is 
now 11
 > years longer, spanning from 2004 to 1990, for a total of almost 13.5 
years.

That shrinks the uncertainty in the semimajor axis considerably.
Previously, I had estimated the allowed range as 260 to 640 AU.
Now, it runs from about 532 to 574 AU.  Perihelion distance is
between 75.6 and 76.1 AU.  Aphelion could be anywhere from 989
to 1072 AU.




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