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Orbital Selection Effects in the Palomar-Leiden Asteroid Survey

  • L. Kresák (a1)

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The selection effects appearing in the list of minor planet orbits based on the Palomar-Leiden survey are discussed. In addition to purely geometrical effects produced by the limitation of the survey in time and position, the arrangement of orbits by perturbations plays an important role. Some apparent differences from the orbits of brighter asteroids can be easily explained. As an example of the operation of the selection effects, it is shown that the asteroidal Jetstream believed to exist within the Nysa family is spurious.

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Orbital Selection Effects in the Palomar-Leiden Asteroid Survey

  • L. Kresák (a1)

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