Minor planets-, Comets-, TNOs-, SDOs-, Centaurs- 3D-Orbit Viewer 1.2
Enhanced with new options and more accuracy (geocentric positions for example)
by Robert von Heeren in March 2003
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This 3D-Orbit Viewer uses the ASTORB orbit elements database by David Bowell/Lowell University (currently 745559 objects).
The elements are correct for the given epoch but not for years before or after that epoch.
The osculating elements for the currently 408 comets are by JPL Dastcom services
OrbitViewer-Applet courtesy from Osamu Ajiki/AstroArts Inc.
 
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When you click on the date-button, a small popup input box
appears in the upper left corner of your screen (sometimes barely visible)!

Use the horizontal scrollbar to rotate, use the vertical scrollbar to flip the 3D-view.
Move the zoom-scrollbar to the right to increase the zoom into the inner solar system or to the left to decrease the zoom.
0° Aries or vernal equinox is where the red line points to, on default it points to the left side.
When you activate 'Zodiac Grid' you get the ecliptic plane divided into the twelve equal 30°-sections of the zodiac.

Zodiac color-code: red for fire-signs, green for Earth-signs, yellow for air-signs and blue for water-signs.
When you move the zoom-scrollbar to the left then you see the zodiac-abbrev.

Object Nodes: the intersection of the object's orbit plane with Earth's orbit plane is shown.
'South node' => object intersects fom south to north, 'North node' => object crosses Earth's plane from northern to southern latitude.

Object Apsides: the orbit points where the object's orbit has its farthest distance from the Sun (called Aphelion)
or nearest distance towards the Sun (called Perihelion) are shown.

Object's Apogee/Perigee: the orbit points where the object's orbit has its farthest distance from Earth (called Apogee)
or nearest distance towards Earth (called Perigee) are shown.

An underscore at the beginning of a provisional designation means that it has no MPC-catalog number yet.
 

Used osculating elements from astorb-database

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)
49036 Pelion 102.66111 152.02934 278.95817 126.92883 9.348098

Eccentricity e Semi major axis a (AU) Perihelion distance (AU) Aphelion distance (AU) Period (years) Epoch (date) observations (no) diameter (km)
0.1374380 19.9088458 17.17261 22.64507 88.83193 20171213 6 N.A.

 
Discovery data for Pelion
Number Name Designation Type Discoverer(s) MPC-Source
49036 Pelion 1998 QM107 Centaur D. J. Tholen, R. Whiteley, J. Bauer, H. Dahle. M.P.E.C. 1998-X23

 
Discovery-Position Date Time Observatory Obs.-Long. Obs.-Lat.
9?59' Wassermann/Aquarius (r.) 21.08.1998 12h18m46s Mauna Kea, Hilo, Hawaii 155W28' 19N49'

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

 

 
 

 
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