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  Solar System Live Help: Asteroid and Comet Tracking
Elements for recovered asteroids (those re-observed after their original discovery at a subsequent favourable apparition) and revised elements based upon refinement of an orbit by subsequent observations are published in a slightly different form, with an “Id.” line between the object's name and the epoch of the elements.
Orbital elements for newly discovered and recovered comets are reported in the IAU Circulars.
Note that elements for parabolic comets are in essentially the same form as those for (most) periodic comets, with eccentricity omitted (since it's always 1.0), and the semimajor axis, mean motion, and period dropped since they're meaningless for a parabolic trajectory.
www.fourmilab.ch /solar/help/elements.html   (1247 words)

  Small-Body Orbital Elements
All elements are in the heliocentric ecliptic J2000 reference frame.
Detailed information (including orbital elements) for a specific object is available via the small-body database browser.
Asteroid elements are available as Keplerian elements while comet elements use perihelion distance and time of perihelion passage instead of semimajor axis and mean anomaly.
ssd.jpl.nasa.gov /?sb_elem   (315 words)

 Orbital elements for assorted interplanetary probes
The following are orbital elements for a variety of NASA and international solar system missions tracked by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
But the elements come close to the targets and not very close to Earth, so I assume they are post-flyby elements.
Orbital elements: PIONEER 6 Range: 1965 12 16 1973 12 18 Perihelion 1965 Jul 15.890117 TT Epoch 1965 Dec 16.0 TT = JDT 2439110.5 M 177.23720 (2000.0) P Q n 1.15758171 Peri.
www.projectpluto.com /probes.htm   (3863 words)

 About modification of the INTERBALL orbital elements
For this estimation, we used the initial orbital elements, determined at the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (KIAM) of Russian Academy of Sciences during the treatment of the inflight SC trajectory measurements.
Obtained orbital elements are presented as a state vectors, which include the SC Cartesian coordinates and velocity components in the J2000 reference.
These modified orbital elements were obtained by means of backward integration of the both probes motion from now up to the launch.
www.iki.rssi.ru /vprokhor/orbmod.htm   (550 words)

 Orbital Mechanics
Inclination is the angular distance between a satellite's orbital plane and the equator of its primary (or the ecliptic plane in the case of heliocentric, or sun centered, orbits).
The orbital elements discussed at the beginning of this section provide an excellent reference for describing orbits, however there are other forces acting on a satellite that perturb it away from the nominal orbit.
Orbital transfer becomes more complicated when the object is to rendezvous with or intercept another object in space: both the interceptor and the target must arrive at the rendezvous point at the same time.
www.braeunig.us /space/orbmech.htm   (6414 words)

 Galileo Probe Orbital Elements   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The orbital elements are Keplerian (semi-major axis, eccentricity, inclination, node angle, arg of periapsis, and mean anomaly).
For the general exposure that these elements will receive, GMT has been used and is understood to be the same as universal time (UTC).
The The remaining elements for the Galileo spacecraft are found in the Tour Elements for the primary mission and GEM Elements for the extended mission.
www.bonus.com /contour/Project_galileo/http@@/www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/orbital-probe.html   (236 words)

 Orbital maximum   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There are four kinds of orbitals, often labeled "s", "p", "d", and "f" (I believe these are based on Latin words).
Elements that end with s-orbital electrons are the first two columns (except for Helium).
Elements that end with p-orbitals are the six right-most columns.
www.newton.dep.anl.gov /askasci/phy00/phy00103.htm   (346 words)

 Satellite Observing: Orbital Elements
The Keplerian orbital elements define an orbital ellipse around the Earth, orient it three dimensionally, and place the satellite along the ellipse in time.
Orbital elements specify the position of the satellite at a certain time called the epoch.
Now that the orbital plane is oriented in space, then the position of the orbital ellipse in the orbital plane must be defined.
www.znark.com /sat/elements.html   (936 words)

 Basics of Space Flight Section I. The Environment of Space
Celestial longitude of the ascending node are the remaining elements.
The orbital period is of interest to operations, although it is not one of the six Keplerian elements needed to define the orbit.
A walking orbit whose parameters are chosen such that the orbital plane precesses with nearly the same period as the planet's solar orbit period is called a sun synchronous orbit.
www2.jpl.nasa.gov /basics/bsf5-1.html   (1166 words)

 How to transform orbital elements into Celestia's SSC format
This is a brief, incomplete, description of how to transform the IAU orbital elements of a comet or asteroid into Celestia's SSC format.
By convention, cometary elements don't include a mean anomaly value, so the Epoch you put into the SSC's EllipticalOrbit must be the time of the pericenter passage, when the mean anomaly is, by definition, 0.0.
Orbital elements: 1998 FL5 Epoch 1998 Mar. 8.0 TT = JDT 2450880.5 Williams M 22.37287 (2000.0) P Q n 0.51950119 Peri.
www.lns.cornell.edu /~seb/celestia/transforming_ephemeris.html   (687 words)

 What does Perigee mean?
A set of orbital elements is a snapshot, at a particular time, of the orbit of a satellite.
The orbital plane always goes through the center of the earth, but may be tilted any angle relative to the equator.
It is common to estimate orbital elements from a small number of observations made over a short period of time.
perigee.net /kepmodel.html   (2774 words)

 planet orbits
Mean orbital elements average the effects of gravitational forces between planets.
By using orbital elements referred to epoch J2000, the orbits of the planets are described in a coordinate system that is based on the position the vernal equinox will have at J2000.
The most rapidly changing element is the mean longitude, which changes due to the planets orbital motion about the Sun.
home.att.net /~srschmitt/script_planet_orbits.html   (1743 words)

 Starry Night Pro Help
Since the orbital elements of asteroids are constantly changing it is a good idea to update this Asteroids.txt file from time to time.
Astorb.dat is an ASCII file of high-precision osculating orbital elements and some additional data for all the numbered asteroids and the vast majority of unnumbered asteroids (multi-apparition and single-apparition) for which it is possible to make reasonably determinate computations.
Starry Night Pro provides an interactive simulator where the orbital elements of an object can be changed in a visual manner making a complex subject understandable and, dare we say it, fun.
www.starrynightpro.com /help/asteroids.shtml   (556 words)

 Orbital Elements
Orbital elements are specified in a file whose name ends with.eph in the /home/obs/xxx directory, where xxx is the observer's initials.
The orbital elements should be calculated for the current date.
If one has orbital elements obtained by some other means, one can edit them into a file manually.
kp12m.as.arizona.edu /docs/orbital_elements.htm   (1151 words)

 Description of orbits: the orbital elements
The knowledge of the numerical values of the 6 constant parameters that characterize the orbit is sufficient.
f this planar orbit is considered in a 3dimensioal volume, a third parameter is needed to indicate the inclination of the orbital plane.
he first 3 orbital elements needed to define the kind, the shape and the inclination of the orbit are:
spaceguard.rm.iasf.cnr.it /NScience/neo/neo-where/orbit-char.htm   (622 words)

 5.5 Orbital Elements of Satellite   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The independent orbital elements of the earth observation satellite are six elements of the Keplerian orbit.
A satellite can be considered to rotate around the earth in a plane, called the orbital plane, because the influence of gravity of the moon and the sun can be neglected as compared with the gravity of the earth.
The position of a satellite can be located by T. Sometime the orbital elements are replaced by three dimensional geocentric coordinates and velocity for numerical analysis instead of the elements of the the Keplerian orbit.
www.profc.udec.cl /~gabriel/tutoriales/rsnote/cp5/cp5-5.htm   (275 words)

 Proper Elements
The evolution of the orbital elements with time is subject to relatively big changes with time, even for asteroids evolving in a regular orbit.
Sometimes it is useful to search for the proper elements of an asteroid, i.e.
are functions of the asteroid semi-major axis and of the orbital elements of the perturbing bodies.
www.wsu.edu /~tricaric/phd_thesis_tricarico/node62.html   (94 words)

 Introduction to astorb.dat
astorb.dat is an ASCII file of high-precision osculating orbital elements, ephemeris uncertainties, and some additional data for all the numbered asteroids and the vast majority of unnumbered asteroids (multi-apparition and single-apparition) for which it is possible to make reasonably determinate computations.
Thus, 961007.add comprises records for asteroids whose orbital elements were either added to or replaced in astorb.dat on 7 October 1996; and 960930.del contains records for asteroids whose orbits were deleted from astorb.dat on 30 September 1996.
Parameter (25) may be used to quantify the amount of orbital improvement that would result from observing at or near the date of next PEU.
www.naic.edu /~nolan/astorb.html   (2405 words)

 Get Orbital Elements or Ephemerides for some Asteroids
The list of available formats for the orbital elements was correct at the time this document was prepared.
The elements supplied are the latest published elements for the specified objects.
Elements will be found even if the designation you enter is a non-principal designation in an identification or if the object has been numbered.
near.jhuapl.edu /eros/software/eros_elements.html   (554 words)

 Orbital Elements: Comets
This page lists links to orbital elements of observable comets in formats suitable for loading into a number of popular planetarium-type software packages.
The elements can be saved to your local machine by using your browser's `Save As' facility, ensuring that you select `Plain text' as the format for the saved document.
Data for further packages may be added when data on the proprietary formats used for the storage of orbital elements is made available by the software authors.
cfa-www.harvard.edu /iau/Ephemerides/Comets/SoftwareComets.html   (230 words)

 Starry Night - Orbital Elements
This page lists good sites for finding orbital elements of asteroids, comets, satellites and spacecraft which you are interested in adding to Starry Night using the Orbit Editor.
If you know of other good sources of orbital elements on the Internet then please let us know and we will post the locations on this web page.
Celestrak is the place to go for satellite and spacecraft orbital elements.
www.starrynight.com /helpPro/orbitalelements.shtml   (476 words)

 Orbital Elements and Astronomical Terms
I have listed the orbital common terms, along with some terms that are occasionally encountered, and a brief explanation of each.
Also included are some astronomical terms that are useful in understanding the explanations of the orbital elements.
It is equal to the sum of the Argument of Perigee and the Longitude of the Ascending Node (W + w in figure 2).
www.physics.ncsu.edu /courses/astron/orbits.html   (1242 words)

The sub-orbital track and width of the orbital swath for the TIROS-N series which is shown in Figure 1.2-1 should be traced onto a piece of clear acetate and overlaid on the base map.
An example of the Brouwer mean orbital elements for TIROS-N (as of October 24, 1978 at 0000 UTC) is contained in Table 1.2-3.
The PSCEAR reports contain osculating Keplerian elements at epoch, the inertial Cartesian elements, the Brouwer mean elements at epoch, the anomalistic and nodal periods, orbit number at epoch, plus the first time derivatives of: the right ascension of the ascending node, argument of perigee and the mean anomaly.
www2.ncdc.noaa.gov /docs/podug/html/c1/sec1-2.htm   (1119 words)

 Catalog of Orbital elements, Masses and Luminosities of close double stars
After the appearance of this catalogue(1969), the numerous new data concerning both photometric and spectroscopic elements of orbits of the eclipsing binaries were published.
The precision of determination of the light curves of eclipsing systems is essentially augmented; now, the light curves of eclipsing binaries are obtained mainly by means of multicolour photoelectric observations; for a number of systems,e extra-atmospheric observations from satellites and orbital astronomical observatories are available.
Figures '1' and '2' indicate the cases, when 2 different variants of the absolute elements are obtained (corresponding to 'case 1' and 'case 2' of the evaluation of photometric elements or to 2 considerably different estimates of q).
www.cs.wisc.edu /niagara/data/nasa/5042.xml   (916 words)

 Orbital Elements
The epoch is the sequential calendar date when the satellite crossed the equator in an ascending (northerly) direction subsequent to a series of observations that were made to calculate the elements.
The second element in line 1 (60007C) indicates the International Designation and corresponds to the numerical format designation of 60-007C.
The second element in Line 2 (066.6626) is the inclination of the orbit which is measured counter-clockwise from true East to true West.
www.satobs.org /element.html   (1006 words)

 Computing planetary positions
Therefore, the orbital elements of Uranus and Neptune are less accurace, especially in the distant past and future.
For asteroids, the orbital elements are often given as: N,i,w,a,e,M, where N,i,w are valid for a specific epoch (nowadays usually 2000.0).
The orbital elements for the Sun, Moon and the major planets, as given here, are valid for a long time period.
stjarnhimlen.se /comp/ppcomp.html   (5783 words)

 Galileo Interplanetary Orbital Elements   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The orbital elements given below are Keplerian (semi-major axis, eccentricity, inclination, node angle, argument of periapsis, and mean anomaly).
Elements for these portions of the trajectory can be found in the Probe Elements and Tour Elements.
Elements for the Galileo Europa Mission (GEM), an extended mission ending in the year 2000, can be found in GEM Elements.
www.bonus.com /contour/Project_galileo/http@@/www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/orbital-interplanetary.html   (302 words)

 BATTEN - 8th Orbital Elements Catalog
Orbital period, generally in days unless otherwise specified.
The orbital semi-amplitude, K(1), for the primary, in km/s.
The orbital semi-amplitude, K(2), for the secondary, in km/s.
heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov /W3Browse/all/batten.html   (919 words)

 LogSat software - Makers of SPAMFilter ISP and LogSat Professional
Keplerian Elements are a set of numbers which allow satellite tracking programs to calculate a satellite's position in space.
The keps, or 2line elements, as they are sometimes called, give us specific information about a satellite's orbit at a specific moment.
Once these elements are known for a specific time, the satellite's position in space can be predicted using complex mathematical calculations.
www.logsat.com /keps.asp   (880 words)

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