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Graph of asteroid semimajor axis versus inclination

Graph of asteroid semimajor axis versus inclination

Minor Planet Center

Graph of asteroid semimajor axis versus inclination
Semimajor axis, on the X axis and measured in astronomical units, describes an object's distance from the Sun. It is the longest radius of an object's elliptical orbit. Inclination, on the Y axis and measured in degrees, describes the tilt of an asteroid's orbit plane with respect to Earth's orbit plane.

An updated version of this plot may be available from the Minor Planet Center.

Original image data dated on or about March 20, 2014

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