P/2006 VW139: a main-belt comet born in an asteroid collision?

  title={P/2006 VW139: a main-belt comet born in an asteroid collision?},
  author={Bojan Novakovi{\'c} and Henry H. Hsieh and A Cellino},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
In this paper, we apply different methods to examine the possibility that a small group of 24 asteroids dynamically linked to a main-belt comet P/2006 VW139, recently discovered by the Pan-STARRS1 survey telescope, shares a common physical origin. By applying the hierarchical clustering and backward integration methods, we find strong evidence that 11 of these asteroids form a sub-group which likely originated in a recent collision event, and that this group includes P/2006 VW139. The objects… Expand
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