The Short Rotation Period of Nereid

We determine the period, p = 11.52± 0.14 h, and a light curve peak-to-peak amplitude, a = 0.029 ± 0.003 magnitudes, of the Neptunian irregular satellite Nereid. If the light curve variation is due to albedo variations across the surface, rather than solely to the shape of Nereid variations, the rotation period would be a factor of two shorter. In either… CONTINUE READING

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