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Asteroid photometry at small phase angles

Piironen, J. and Magnusson, P. and Erikson, A. and Bowell, E. and Michalowski, T. (1994) Asteroid photometry at small phase angles. Small bodies in the solar system and their interactions with planets, Aug. 8-12, 1994, Mariehamn, Finland.

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Abstract

One of us (JP) carried out photoelectric photometry for 12 asteroids at Lowell Observatory in 1984-85. We determined the synodic rotation period for (83) Beatrix (10.11 hr), (121) Hermione (5.6 hr),(162) Laurentia (11.87 hr), (508) Princetonia (52.8 hr), (510) Mabella (19.40 hr?), and (636) Erika (14.62 hr).The previously published periods for (276) Adelheid, (344) Desiderata, and (984) Gretia are confirmed. We also present B-V colour indices and provide new information for the taxonomic classification of three of the objects. The observations are submitted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics. (83) Beatrix was also observed at 1988, 1990 and 1992 apparitions by other observers and we were thus able to calculate its pole position. The purpose of the observations was to study the behavior of asteroid lightcurves at as wide a range of phase angles as possible. Some previous observations, mainly of high-albedo asteroids indicate the presence of an opposition spike at very low phase angles (e.g. Harris and Young, 1986, Bull.Amer.Astron.Soc.,18, 797). Recent theoretical work by Muinonen (1990, PhD. Dissertation,University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, and references therein) has suggested that wave-optical effects may become important at very small solar phase angles. The phase curves of (83) Beatrix, (276) Adelheid, and (344) Desiderata reach subdegree phase angles. No opposition spike is seen in the phase curves of these asteroids. This seems to certify that opposition spike is mainly a property of high-albedo asteroids and planetary satellites.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1994,
Title:Asteroid photometry at small phase angles
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Piironen, J.Observatory, Universityy of Helsinki, Finland
Magnusson, P.Astronomiska observatoriet, Uppsala, Sweden
Erikson, A.UNSPECIFIED
Bowell, E.Lowell Observatory, Uppsala, Sweden
Michalowski, T.Astronomical Observatory, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Date:1994
Status:Published
Event Title:Small bodies in the solar system and their interactions with planets, Aug. 8-12, 1994, Mariehamn, Finland
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:02 Apr 2006
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 09:47

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