Re: Problems with J002E3 elements

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (
Date: Sat Mar 29 2003 - 12:55:00 EST

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    On Sat, 29 Mar 2003, Bob King wrote:
    > ( 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.
    	The orbital elements on the web page are geocentric -- could MegaStar
    be assuming the elements are heliocentric?
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