The lightcurve and colors of unusual Minor Planet 1996 PW

Davies, John K. and McBride, Neil and Green, Simon F. and Mottola, Stefano and Carsenty, Uri and Basran, Devinder and Hudson, Kathryn A. and Foster, Michael J. (1998) The lightcurve and colors of unusual Minor Planet 1996 PW. Icarus, 132 (2). pp. 418-30. ISSN 0019-1035. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Minor Planet 1996 PW is unusual in having the orbital characteristics of a long period comet but showing no sign of cometary activity around the time of its discovery. We present optical data which reveals a double peaked lightcurve (period 35.44 +/- 0.02 hrs and amplitude 0.44 +/- 0.03 magnitudes) and VRIJHK photometry which shows colors (V - R = 0.56 +/- 0.04, V - I = 1.03 +/- 0.06, V - J = 1.80 +/- 0.05, V - H = 2.19 +/- 0.05, and V - K = 2.32 +/- 0.05) typical of D type asteroids and suspected bare comet nuclei. A low signal to noise reflectance spectrum in the K band shows a flat continuum with no evidence for spectral features. Image profiles from coadded frames in the R band indicate no apparent cometary activity with an implied upper limit to the dust production rate of 0.03 kg s(-1). (C) 1998 Academic Press.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: asteroids; rotation; photometry; infrared; comets
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: I. Ghose
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2009 16:54
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 10:40
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17681 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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