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Enhanced with new options and more accuracy (geocentric positions etc.) by Robert von Heeren in March 2003
 
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3D-orbit for minor planet 5145 Pholus



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Osculating elements from astorb-database for 5145 Pholus


 

Go to precise ephemeris for asteroid/minor planet 5145 Pholus
 

More information regarding 5145 Pholus in English wikipedia (external link)
 
Number Name or designation Mean Anomaly M (degrees) Long. of Perihelion Argument w (degrees) Long. of Perihelion L (degrees) Long. of Ascending Node o (degrees) Inclination i (degrees)
5145 Pholus 102.59147 355.11964 114.48463 119.36499 24.667160

Eccentricity e Semi major axis a (AU) Perihelion distance (AU) Aphelion distance (AU) Period (years) Epoch (date) observations (no) diameter (km)
0.5706951 20.3951877 8.755754 32.03462 92.10677 20171213 32 N.A.

 

Discovery data for 5145 Pholus

Number Name Designation Type Discoverer(s) MPC-Source
5145 Pholus 1992 AD Centaur David L. Rabinowitz IAUC 5434

 
Discovery-Position Date Time Observatory Obs.-Long. Obs.-Lat.
0?36' L?we/Leo (r.) 09.01.1992 9h01m22s Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Tucson, USA 111W36' 31N57'

Source: Robert von Heeren, The Centaur Research Project & Minor Planet Center

 
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