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Can you find the longitude of this orbit's ascending node?
At a certain moment, an asteroid had this position in heliocentric ecliptic coordinates.
x = +0.5877971
y = -2.098983
z = -0.008080998
At the same moment, the asteroid had this sun-relative velocity (also in HEC).
Vx = +11461.5 m/s
Vy = +3209.6 m/s
Vz = +17.9 m/s
What is the longitude of the ascending node for the asteroid's orbit?
The distances (x, y, z) are given in astronomical units.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sounds like David S. is taking a course in mathematical astronomy. This is a subject that I have not studied, and I am wondering about a good text. With six numbers given, it would be possible to calculate all of the particulars of the orbit, including the ascending node.
- 1 decade ago