Query : 2007A&A...468L..13O

2007A&A...468L..13O - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 468, L13-16 (2007/6-2)

Short-term rotational variability in the large TNO 2005FY9.


Abstract (from CDS):

Despite the fact that 2005FY9 is one of the largest trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) and a dwarf planet candidate, little is known about this object apart from constraints on its surface composition. The goal of this work is to study 2005FY9's short-term variability in order to determine the amplitude of the lightcurve, which can be linked to the degree of elongation of the body or to the degree of albedo heterogeneity on the surface. Besides, the rotation period can be determined. CCD photometric observations of the trans-Neptunian object 2005FY9 in R band on 21 nights spanning several months were carried out using the 1.5m telescope at Sierra Nevada Observatory and the 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto Observatory. The time-series analysis leads to confident detection of short-term variability. The most significant periodicities are 11.24±0.01h and its double, but other possibilities cannot be ruled out. The 22.48h double-peaked rotational phase curve is slightly preferred by our analysis. As for the amplitude of the lightcurve, we get a peak-to-peak variability of 0.03±0.01mag. This result is compatible with a nearly spherical body that has a very homogeneous surface. There is also the possibility that the body is rotating nearly pole on, but we believe this is less likely. Very weak constraints are obtained for the density and internal strength based on the rotational properties derived from the photometry.

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Journal keyword(s): Kuiper Belt - minor planets, asteroids

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/A+A/468/L13): table2.dat>

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 - 2022
1 SA 95-301 * 03 52 41.1688690272 +00 31 21.437705172 13.802 12.509 11.216 10.524 9.905 G8III 13 0
2 SA 95-302 PM* 03 52 42.1770025464 +00 31 17.704304436 12.966 12.519 11.694 11.223 10.803 G7: 9 0
3 GD 71 WD* 05 52 27.6198591816 +15 53 13.228887444 11.675 12.783 13.032 13.169 13.337 DA1.5 356 0

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