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Albion is a Kuiper Belt object, a large rock that orbits round outside the orbit of Neptune. It has been categorised as a object. It has an alternative name which is 1992 QB1.

Albion was discovered on 1992-08-30 by D. C. Jewitt, J. X. Luu.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 7.1 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 Aphelion of the object is 46.793 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 40.809 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 359.3 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 360. 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 33.5, is the angular distance of the planet from the perihelion or aphelion. Ref:Dictionary.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 43.801, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Albion orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 2.2 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.068, it is the degree at which Albion orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Albion was the first Kuiper Belt Object to be discovered after Pluto and Charon, its moon. Albion was discovered When it was first discovered, its name was 1992 QB1 and had been known as that for a while. It has has since been named Albion.

Albion Facts

TypeKuiper Belt Object
Alternative Name1992 QB1
Date of Discovery1992-08-30
DiscovererD. C. Jewitt, J. X. Luu
Absolute Magnitude7.1
Aphelion (Furthest)46.793 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)40.809 A.U.
Longitude Of Ascending Node359.3
Argument of Perihelion360
Mean Anomoly33.5
Semi-Major Axis43.801
Orbital Inclination (degrees)2.2
Orbital Eccentricity0.068

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