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The asteroids

Harris, A.W. (2009) The asteroids. In: Landolt-Börnstein: Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology. New Series Group VI: Astronomy and Astrophysics , 4: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology. Springer. pp. 421-433. ISBN 978-3-540-88054-7.

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Asteroids are rocky bodies orbiting the Sun with diameters of up to about 1000 km, most of which are found in the asteroid belt with semi-major axes from about 2 to 3.5 AU. In contrast to comets asteroids do not normally display comas or tails. As of December 2008 there were about 200000 numbered asteroids. The rate of discovery of asteroids increased dramatically in the 1990s with the availability of sophisticated CCD detectors and powerful computers. Telescope search programs can now cover large areas of sky in one night and scan large amounts of image data automatically for the presence of moving objects. The search programs are largely motivated by the hunt for near-Earth asteroids but the number of near-Earth detections is very small compared to the number of main-belt detections in the same period (around 1%).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/59788/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:The asteroids
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Harris, A.W.alan.harris (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Landolt-Börnstein: Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology. New Series
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:4: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
Page Range:pp. 421-433
Series Name:Group VI: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Keywords:Asteroids: overview
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):W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:26 Aug 2009 09:34
Last Modified:01 Mar 2010 08:51

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