Photometric Geodesy of main-belt asteroids. I. Lightcurves of 26 large, rapid rotators

S. B. Weideenschilling, C. R. Chapman, D. R. Davis, R. Greenberg, D. G. Levy, S. Vail

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Abstract

We present 5 years of lightcurve data on a sample of large, rapidly rotating asteroids selected for a program of "photometric geodysy." A total of 257 complete or partial lightcurves were obtained for 26 asteroids, numbers 9, 15, 16, 22, 22, 29, 39, 41, 43, 45, 55, 65, 87, 88, 107, 125, 129, 130, 201, 216, 337, 349, 354, 511, 584, and 694. The observing protocol was designed to obtain precise absolute photometry at a wide variety of orbital longitudes and phase angles. The purpose of this data set is to allow determination (in future publications) of pole positions and shapes, and to constrain densities, strength, and other geophysical traits of these bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-245
Number of pages55
JournalIcarus
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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