The heart of the swarm: K2 photometry and rotational characteristics of 56 Jovian Trojan asteroids

@article{Szabo2016TheHO,
  title={The heart of the swarm: K2 photometry and rotational characteristics of 56 Jovian Trojan asteroids},
  author={Gyula M. Szab'o and Andr'as P'al and Cs. Kiss and L{\'a}szl{\'o} L. Kiss and L'aszl'o Moln'ar and Ott{\'o} Hanyecz and Emese Plachy and Kriszti'an S'arneczky and R'obert Szab'o},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2016},
  volume={599}
}
We present fully covered phased light curves for 56 Jovian Trojan asteroids as observed by the K2 mission of the Kepler space telescope. This set of objects has been monitored during Campaign 6 and represents a nearly unbiased subsample of the population of small solar system bodies. We derived precise periods and amplitudes for all Trojans, and found their distributions to be compatible with the previous statistics. We point out, however, that ground-based rotation periods are often unreliable… Expand
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