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ERIC Number: EJ1015467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Identification and Calculation of the Three-Dimensional Orbit of an Asteroid
Pereira, Vincent; Millan, Justin; Martin, Emerick
Physics Teacher, v51 n5 p303-305 May 2013
Asteroids are clumps of rock, the sizes of which range from less than a kilometer to a few hundred kilometers in diameter. They are generally found in the unusually large gap between Mars and Jupiter. There are probably more than 40,000 asteroids in this gap called the "asteroid belt." In this paper we describe our efforts in confirming the identity of an asteroid and then calculating its three-dimensional orbit around the Sun, given the six elements of orbit. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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