Binary Minor Planets

  title={Binary Minor Planets},
  author={Derek C. Richardson and Kevin J. Walsh},
  journal={Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences},
  • D. RichardsonK. Walsh
  • Published 28 April 2006
  • Physics, Geology
  • Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
A review of observations and theories regarding binary asteroids and binary transNeptunian objects [collectively, binary minor planets (BMPs)] is presented. To date, these objects have been discovered using a combination of direct imaging, lightcurve analysis, and radar. They are found throughout the Solar System, and present a challenge for theorists modeling their formation in the context of Solar System evolution. The most promising models invoke rotational disruption for the smallest… 

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