Query : 2010A&A...516L..10M

2010A&A...516L..10M - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 516, L10-10 (2010/6-2)

Thermal rotational lightcurve of dwarf-planet (1) Ceres at 235 GHz with the Submillimeter Array.


Abstract (from CDS):

Previously published measurements of the millimeter-wave thermal rotational lightcurve of dwarf-planet (1) Ceres show incompatible results, proposing peak-to-peak lightcurve amplitudes during the ∼9h rotation period of either 4% or 50%, the latter being difficult to explain physically. Better calibrated measurements are necessary to firmly assess the behavior of Ceres' thermal lightcurve, and to relate possible brightness temperature variations to the distribution of local surface properties such as bolometric albedo and emissivity.One partial lightcurve of 6.5h was obtained with the Submillimeter Array (Hawaii) in subcompact configuration at 235GHz in January 2009, providing better absolute and relative calibration than the previously used single-dish facilities.The observed disk-averaged lightcurve is compatible with no variation over the measurement window, and has an upper limit of 3% on its amplitude. The results obtained rule out the possibility of extreme brightness temperature variations, and the upper limit on the lightcurve amplitude could be physically realized by a combination of albedo distribution and realistic ground emissivity variations.

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Journal keyword(s): minor planets, asteroids: individual: Ceres

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 ICRF J104309.0+240835 BLL 10 43 09.03578135 +24 08 35.4094642   17.98 17.32 16.40   ~ 126 1
2 Ton 599 QSO 11 59 31.83391383 +29 14 43.8268224   14.80 14.41 17.652 13.39 ~ 878 1
3 3C 273 BLL 12 29 06.6998257176 +02 03 08.597629980   13.05 14.830 14.11   ~ 5654 1

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