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(9007) James Bond Asteroid

James Bond is an asteroid, a large rock that orbits the Sun mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They tend to be an irregular shaped but Ceres asteroid is known to be spherical in shape but because it doesn't clear its path round the Sun, it is only a dwarf planet.

James Bond was discovered on Oct 5 1983 by Anton Mrkos. Its orbit takes 3.89 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 13.9 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The albedo of the object is 1. The Albedo is the amount of radiation that is reflected back into space by the object.

The Aphelion of the object is 2.84994 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is furthest from the object that it is orbit. At this point, it will then return back to the orbit target. The Perihelion of the object is 2.09805 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around. The Longitude of Ascending Node of the object is 210.00785 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 175.1113. It is the angle along the orbit of a planet or other Solar System object as measured from the ascending node (analogous to right ascension and longitude) Ref:Hawaii.

The mean anomoly is 45.14024, is the angular distance of the planet from the perihelion or aphelion. Ref:Dictionary.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.4735563, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which James Bond orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 5.86837 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.1529682, it is the degree at which James Bond orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Agent James Bond, 007, not 9007

The asteroid is named after the worlds most famous and popular M.I.6. secret agent, James Bond. It was chosen to honour the spy after the ID of the asteroid ended in 007, the agent's code number. It was not sponsored by EON Productions or M.G.M., the distributors.

Path of James Bond Orbit

If the white lines are above, then the path of the object is under the ecliptic. If the white lines are below, the path is above the ecliptic. This refers to the Inclination of the object. The image was created using N.A.S.A. Solar System Dynamics.

Path of James Bond Orbit

James Bond Facts

Date of DiscoveryOct 5 1983
DiscovererAnton Mrkos
Orbital Period3.89
Absolute Magnitude13.9
Aphelion (Furthest)2.84994 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)2.09805 A.U.
Longitude Of Ascending Node210.00785
Argument of Perihelion175.1113
Mean Anomoly 45.14024
Semi-Major Axis 2.4735563
Orbital Inclination5.86837
Orbital Eccentricity0.1529682

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