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Sunday, April 06, 2014

 

Celestia Files of the recent Dwarf Planet finds

Close up view of the outer solar system showing the two new objects 2013 FY27 and 2013 FZ27, the orbit of Pluto is highlighted for comparison. Click to embiggenMore distant view of the outer solar system showing 2012 VP113, its is highlighted. The orbit of Sedna does not fit even at this scae.Click to embiggen,

In quick succession the team of Scott Sheppard and Chad Trujillo at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory have announced 3 new Dwarf planets. 2012 VP113 has an enormous 4000 year long orbit, and represent an object from the inner edge. The two others 2013 FY27 and 2013 FZ27 are more "traditional" Scattered disk objects (that seems ironic now).

Once again I have made a Celestia file, three files actually. In the clestia download I use, Sedna was ilsted as an Asterid, bot a dwarf planet, so if its orbot doesn't turn up when you enable Dwarf Planets in Render | View Otions, but does when you turn on Asteroids, go to the data folder, find outersys.ssc (save a cpopy just in case), open and scroll down to Sedna and replace Class "asteroid" with Class "dwarfplanet".  

As usual, copy the data here to a plain text file ( 2012VP113.ssc etc.) and copy the file to the Celestia extras folder.

========================2012VP113.ssc==================================
"2012 VP113" "Sol"

#Sedna like inner Oort cloud object
#Data from MPC http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/MPEph/MPEph.html
#Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5                  MPC
#M   3.06601              (2000.0)            P               Q
#n   0.00021494     Peri.  291.14923     +0.84619626     -0.34404613             T = 2442536.18257 JDT
#a 276.0078196      Node    90.89192     +0.49413218     +0.79246630             q =    79.8521916
#e   0.7106887      Incl.   24.01461     -0.19946247     +0.50361634
#P4585              H    4.1           G   0.15           U   6
#From 24 observations at 2 oppositions, 2012-2013, mean residual 0".24.

{
    Class "dwarfplanet"
    Texture "pluto-lok.*"
    SpecularTexture "pluto-lok-spec.*"
    SpecularColor            [ 0.135 0.12 0.08 ]
    SpecularPower             9.5
    Radius  500 # maximum semi-axis
	

	InfoURL "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_VP113"

	EllipticalOrbit
	{
	Epoch                  2456800.5      # Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5
	Period                 4585           # P
	SemiMajorAxis          276.0078196    # a
	Eccentricity           0.7106887      # e
	Inclination            24.01461       # Incl.
	AscendingNode          90.89192       # Node
	ArgOfPericenter       291.14923       # Peri
        PericenterDistance      79.8521916    # q
        MeanAnomaly              3.06601      # M 
	}

	RotationPeriod 0.9 #Guess

	Albedo 0.4        #Based on Sedna

}

==========================================================
=======================2013FY27.ssc===================================
"2013 FY27" "Sol"

#Eris-like scattered disk object
#Data from MPC http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/MPEph/MPEph.html
#Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5                  MPC
#M 214.46118              (2000.0)            P               Q
#n   0.00216253     Peri.  136.72941     +0.79347223     +0.60486455             T = 2524100.74140 JDT
#a  59.2235677      Node   187.09259     -0.58925583     +0.79121780             q =    35.8742198
#e   0.3942577      Incl.   33.07550     +0.15224777     -0.09007372
#P 456              H    3.0           G   0.15           U   8
#From 12 observations at 2 oppositions, 2013-2014, mean residual 0".27.

{
    Class "dwarfplanet"
    Texture "pluto-lok.*"
    SpecularTexture "pluto-lok-spec.*"
    SpecularColor            [ 0.135 0.12 0.08 ]
    SpecularPower             9.5
    Radius  500 # maximum semi-axis
	

	InfoURL "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_FY27"

	EllipticalOrbit
	{
	Epoch                  2456800.5      # Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5
	Period                 456            # P
	SemiMajorAxis          59.2235677     # a
	Eccentricity            0.3942577     # e
	Inclination            33.07550       # Incl.
	AscendingNode         187.09259       # Node
	ArgOfPericenter       136.72941       # Peri
        PericenterDistance     35.8742198     # q
        MeanAnomaly           214.46118       # M 
	}

	RotationPeriod 0.9 #Guess

	Albedo 0.14        #Theortically expected

}

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======================2013FZ27.ssc====================================
"2013 FZ27" "Sol"

#Eris-like scattered disk object
#Data from MPC http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/MPEph/MPEph.html
#Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5                  MPC
#M 277.75427              (2000.0)            P               Q
#n   0.00293700     Peri.  341.17225     -0.05888594     +0.97046090             T = 2484803.84051 JDT
#a  48.2910933      Node   284.91917     -0.88199787     -0.16035023             q =    38.0092953
#e   0.2129129      Incl.   14.01192     -0.46755985     +0.18025938
#P 336              H    4.4           G   0.15           U   6
#From 17 observations at 2 oppositions, 2013-2014, mean residual 0".42.

{
    Class "dwarfplanet"
    Texture "pluto-lok.*"
    SpecularTexture "pluto-lok-spec.*"
    SpecularColor            [ 0.135 0.12 0.08 ]
    SpecularPower             9.5
    Radius  500 # maximum semi-axis
	

	InfoURL "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_FZ27"

	EllipticalOrbit
	{
	Epoch                  2456800.5      # Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5
	Period                 336            # P
	SemiMajorAxis          48.2910933     # a
	Eccentricity            0.2129129     # e
	Inclination            14.01192       # Incl.
	AscendingNode         284.91917       # Node
	ArgOfPericenter       341.17225       # Peri
        PericenterDistance     38.0092953     # q
        MeanAnomaly           277.75427       # M 
	}

	RotationPeriod 0.9 #Guess

	Albedo 0.14        #Theortically expected

}

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