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Estimating the Accuracy of Asteroid Ephemerides Using the Bootstrap Method

J. Desmars, J.- E. Arlot, A. Vienne

Protecting the Earth against Collisions with Asteroids and Comet Nuclei, In: A. M. Finkelstein, W. F. Huebner, V. A. Shor (Eds) Proceedings of the International Conference “Asteroid-Comet Hazard-2009”, StP: Nauka, 294–298 (2010)

Keywords: Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Near Earth Objects (NEOs), accuracy of asteroid ephemerides, the bootstrap method, Toutatis, Apophis, close approach to Earth

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The accuracy of solar system object ephemerides can be estimated by the bootstrap method. This method uses minimal assumptions on the observations. We apply the bootstrap method to two NEOs: Toutatis and Apophis. We provide an estimate of the accuracy of their ephemerides and an estimate of the accuracy of their next close approach to Earth