Discovery and Characteristics of the Rapidly Rotating Active Asteroid (62412) 2000 SY178 in the Main Belt

  title={Discovery and Characteristics of the Rapidly Rotating Active Asteroid (62412) 2000 SY178 in the Main Belt},
  author={S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
We report a new active asteroid in the main belt of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. Object (62412) 2000 SY178 exhibited a tail in images collected during our survey for objects beyond the Kuiper Belt using the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) on the CTIO 4 meter telescope. We obtained broad-band colors of 62412 at the Magellan telescope, which along with 62412's low albedo suggest it is a C-type asteroid. 62412's orbital dynamics and color strongly correlate with the Hygiea family in the outer… Expand
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