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Minor Planet (52768) 1998 OR2 Close approach
Ah, but to calculate the perturbations, you need to know the positions of all of the potentially perturbing bodies and their motions. The osculating elements are supposed to be a simplification of the orbital mechanics problem and make use of the Keplerian approximations. These approximations are 'good enough' when used within a sufficiently close time of the epoch of the osculating elements. We're not trying to hit these things with a spacecraft & even NASA has to employ midcourse corrections to pull that off Big Grin .

Phil S.

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RE: Minor Planet (52768) 1998 OR2 Close approach - by PMSchu - 2020-03-25, 08:54 PM

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