Problems with J002E3 elements

From: Bob King (
Date: Sat Mar 29 2003 - 12:25:14 EST

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    Hello all,
    Like some of you I'd like to try and see this unusual object this 
    weekend. I went to the Project Pluto website 
    ( and used the orbital elements 
    there to try and create a chart using my planetarium charting program 
    MegaStar. However the value of 'a' or the semi-major axis is given in 
    kilometers rather than as a fraction. When I convert that figure to AUs 
    and input it into my charting program I get a value that gives me a 
    totally incorrect position for J002E3. 
    I'd really enjoy seeing this object and wonder if anyone can help me 
    translate the elements correctly. Many thanks for your assistance!
    Bob King 
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