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Studies for slowly rotating asteroids (168) Sibylla and (346) Hermentaria

  • Xiaobin Wang (a1) (a2), Karri Muinonen (a3) (a4), Xianming L. Han (a5) and Chi-Tai Kwok (a6)

Abstract

Studies for spin parameters and shapes of asteroids provide us with important information about the interior structure of asteroids and the physical processes they have undergone. A large sample of basic physical parameters can help us also understand the evolution of asteroids. There is scarce information for slowly-rotating larger asteroids because more effort is required for observing them. Because of this, we have established an international collaboration to study slowly-rotating asteroids. As the first step of this project, we have observed asteroids (168) Sibylla and (346) Hermentaria in 2014 and 2015 using several telescopes located in China, Chile, and U.S.A. Combining previous photometric data with our new data, we have performed preliminary analyses and obtained spin parameters and shapes with their uncertainties for these two slowly-rotating asteroids for the first time, using the convex inversion method and the virtual photometry Monte Carlo method. A pair of pole solutions for (168) Sibylla are found around (4.3°, 53.5°) and (183.5°, 52.6°) with a period of 47.0000 h. We have found that the shape of Sibylla resembles an oblate spheroid. For (346) Hermentaria, we have also found a pair of pole solutions around (134.5°, 16.7°) and (321.5°, 14.5°) with comparable rms-values with a spin period of about 17.79000 h, and a shape resembling a prolate spheroid.

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Studies for slowly rotating asteroids (168) Sibylla and (346) Hermentaria

  • Xiaobin Wang (a1) (a2), Karri Muinonen (a3) (a4), Xianming L. Han (a5) and Chi-Tai Kwok (a6)

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