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Asteroids Do Have Satellites

  title={Asteroids Do Have Satellites},
  author={William J. Merline and S. J. Weidenschilling and Daniel D. Durda and Jean-Luc Margot and Petr Pravec and Alex D. Storrs},
1954. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston (CD- ROM). Merline W. J., Chapman C. R., Colwell W. B., Veverka J., Harch A., Bell M., Bell J. III, Thomas P., Clark B. E., Martin P., Murchie S., Cheng A., Domingue D., Izenberg N., Robinson M., McFadden L., Wellnitz D., Malin M., Owen W., and Miller J. (1999a) Search for satellites around asteroid 433 Eros from NEAR flyby imaging (abstract). In Lunar and Planetary Science XXX, Abstract #2055. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston (CD-ROM). Merline… 

The sizes, shapes, albedos, and colors of cometary nuclei

05.12. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York. Toth I., Lamy P. L., and Weaver H. A. (2003) Hubble Space Tele- scope observations of the nucleus fragment 73P/Schwassmann- Wachmann 3-B. Bull. Am. Astron.

Photometric Survey for Asynchronous Binary Asteroids

Asynchronous binary asteroids have been found to be abundant among fast-spinning near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) smaller than 2 km in diameter; Pravec et al. (2005, Icarus, submitted) derived that 15 +/4

Discovery and Characterization of Binary Asteroids with Adaptive Optics

Since 2001 we have been using adaptive optics instruments on Palomar, Keck, and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) to conduct sub-arcsecond observations of a large sample of main belt asteroids. With 13

Discovery of the triple asteroidal system 87 Sylvia

The unambiguous detection of a triple asteroidal system in the main belt, composed of a 280-km primary (87 Sylvia) and two small moonlets orbiting at 710 and 1,360 km, which was most probably formed through the disruptive collision of a parent asteroid.



The absence of satellites of asteroids

Discovery of a moon orbiting the asteroid 45 Eugenia

Evidence for asteroidal satellites (moons) has been sought for decades, because the relative frequency of such satellites will bear on the collisional history of the asteroid belt and the Solar

Asteroid Radar Astronomy

Ostro et al.: Asteroid Radar Astronomy Asteroid Radar Astronomy Steven J. Ostro Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology R. Scott Hudson Washington State University Lance A. M.

Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous: Mission Summary

On February 14, 2000, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft (NEAR Shoemaker) began the first orbital study of an asteroid, the near-Earth object 433 Eros. Almost a year later, on February 12,

NEAR Encounter with Asteroid 253 Mathilde: Overview

Abstract On June 27, 1997, the NEAR spacecraft carried out the first-ever encounter with a C-type asteroid, flying by 253 Mathilde at a distance of 1212 km. We summarize findings derived from 330

1620 Geographos and 433 Eros: Shaped by Planetary Tides?

Until recently, most asteroids were thought to be solid bodies whose shapes were determined largely by collisions with other asteroids. Recent work by Burns and others has shown that many asteroids

Search for asteroidal satellites using adaptive optics

We utilized AO to discover a moon around asteroid 45 Eugenia by use of the PUEO AO facility at CFHT. With PUEO we performed a search for asteroidal satellites among two dozen asteroids, achieving

A Search for Satellites and Dust Belts Around Asteroids: Negative Results

In spite of several dedicated optical searches (1-4), the existence of binary asteroids, asteroidal satellite swarms, or asteroidal dust clouds suggested by asteroid-star occultation events (5) has

The binary Kuiper-belt object 1998 WW31

It is reported that the Kuiper-belt object 1998 WW31 is binary with a highly eccentric orbit (eccentricity e ≈ 0.8) and a long period (about 570 days), very different from the Pluto/Charon system, which was hitherto the only previously known binary in theKuiper belt.