Classical and modern orbit determination for asteroids

@inproceedings{GronchiClassicalAM,
  title={Classical and modern orbit determination for asteroids},
  author={Giovanni F. Gronchi}
}
With the substantial improvements in observational techniques we have to deal with very big databases, consisting of a few positions of an object over a short time span; this is often not enough to compute a preliminary orbit with traditional tools. In this paper we first review a classical method by C.F. Gauss to compute a preliminary orbit for asteroids. This method, followed by a least squares fit to improve the orbit, still today gives successful results when we have at least three separate… CONTINUE READING