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Eclipse Prediction and Orbit Improvement for Asteroids: Theory and Application to Near Earth Asteroids

@inproceedings{Tricarico2005EclipsePA,
  title={Eclipse Prediction and Orbit Improvement for Asteroids: Theory and Application to Near Earth Asteroids},
  author={Pasquale Tricarico and Nathan Charles Hearn and G. Lake and Guy Worthey},
  year={2005}
}
  • Pasquale Tricarico, Nathan Charles Hearn, +1 author Guy Worthey
  • Published 2005
  • Physics
  • Asteroids can be eclipsed by other bodies in the Solar System, but no direct observation of an asteroid eclipse has been reported to date. We describe a statistical method to predict an eclipse for an asteroid based on the analysis of the orbital elements covariance matrix. By propagating a set of Virtual Asteroids to an epoch correspondent to a close approach with a Solar System planet or natural satellite, it is possible to estimate the probability of a partial or total eclipse. The direct… CONTINUE READING

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