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osculating (Keplerian) orbital elements (left) versus proper orbital elements (right) for numbered asteroids in the main belt. The plots are of inclinations i against eccentricities e.

Clumps in the (right) plot of proper orbital elements indicate the location of asteroid families, while they are almost indistinguishable in the (left) plot of standard Keplerian orbital elements.

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  • Asteroid family

    An asteroid family is a group of minor planets that share similar orbital elements, such as...

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    The proper orbital elements of an orbit are constants of motion of an object in space that...

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current15:47, August 13, 2006Thumbnail for version as of 15:47, August 13, 20061,200 × 450 (89 KB)Bryan Seecrets (Talk | contribs)osculating (Keplerian) orbital elements (''left'') versus proper orbital elements (''right'') for numbered asteroids in the main belt. The plots are of inclinations ''i'' against eccentricities ''e''. Clumps i

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