The Minor Planet Bulletin BULLETIN OF THE MINOR PLANETS SECTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF LUNAR AND PLANETARY OBSERVERS
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The Lightcurve and Rotation Period for 268 Adorea and (16735) 1996 JJ
Pages 247-248 Hawley, Wayne
Lightcurve period and amplitude results from Old Orchard Observatory are reported for 2022 January-May, 268 Adorea (7.7952 ± 0.0008 h and 0.285 mag). 2023 April-May, (16735) 1996 JJ (3.1796 ± 0.0008 h and 0.436 mag).
Rotation Period Determination for Asteroid 8861 Jenskandler
Photometric observations of the asteroid 8861 Jenskandler were conducted between 2023 April 14 and 2023 April 26 with the objective of estimating its rotation period. The preliminary rotation period was approximated at 2.9992 +/- 0.0019 hours. However, due to insufficient data, we were unable to ascertain the asteroid's lightcurve shape conclusively.
Rotation Period Determination of 3214 Makarenko
Pages 250 Dellamura, Gregory; Frueh, Elliot; Green, Alexander; Hayes-Gehrke, Melissa; Kim, Amy; Leone, Sage; Ose, Evelyn; Pang, Carol; Ramsland, Jason; Reed, Maggie; Simmons, Matthew; Sumesh, Sandra; Mercado, Ehani Lai Taylor; Brincat, Stephen M.
We report observations of the main-belt asteroid 3214 Makarenko in April 2023. Our results show P = 10.114 ± 0.015 h with an amplitude of 0.10 ± 0.04 mag.
Lightcurve Analysis and Rotation Period Determination of Asteroid 1821 Aconcagua
Lightcurve analysis was conducted on data from observations of main-belt asteroid 1821 Aconcagua between 2023 April 13 and 2023 April 26. Images were taken using two telescopes in Siding Spring, Australia and Naxxar, Malta. MPO Canopus was used for the data analysis, resulting in a rotation period determination of 2.7573 ± 0.0018 h, with amplitude 0.13 ± 0.02 mag.
Rotation Period Determination and Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroid 1852 Carpenter
We report on photometric observations of the main-belt asteroid 1852 Carpenter that were acquired from 2023 April 13 to April 26. The observations yielded a synodic rotation period of 29.8685 ± 0.0185h and an amplitude of 0.41 ± 0.06 mag.
Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis of Vesta Family Asteroid (14645) 1998 XR9
Pages 253 Fauerbach, Michael
Photometric observations of the Vesta family asteroid (14645) 1998 XR9 were obtained, and a rotational period of 2.837 ± 0.001 h was determined, with a lightcurve amplitude of 0.28 mag.
Rotation Period Determination for Asteroid 5355 Akihiro
Pages 254 Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo
Photometric observations of the main-belt asteroid 5355 Akihiro were conducted to determine its synodic rotation period. We found P = 2.983 ± 0.002 h, A = 0.13 ± 0.04 mag as the most likely bimodal solution.
An international collaboration of observers from North America and Europe presents a lightcurve of the Earth commensurate asteroid 357 Ninina that shows a synodic rotation period 36.00 ± 0.01 hours, amplitude 0.08 ± 0.01 magnitudes with a single deep minimum in an otherwise nearly flat lightcurve.
Lightcurves Analysis of Three Main-Belt Asteroids: 3602 Lazzaro, 10468 Itacuruba and (53437) 1999 WL2
Pages 256-257 Monteiro, Filipe; Rondón, Eduardo; Arcoverde, Plícida; Lazzaro, Daniela; Rodrigues, Teresinha; Souza, Roberto; Silva-Cabrera, J. S.; Medeiros, Hissa
We present rotational lightcurves for three main-belt asteroids, 3602 Lazzaro, 10468 Itacuruba and (53437) 1999 WL2, obtained at the Observatório Astronômico do Sertão de Itaparica (OASI, MPC code Y28). For 3602 Lazzaro, we found a rotation period of 4.933 ± 0.002 h, for 10468 Itacuruba a period of 13.040 ± 0.002 h and for (53437) 1999 WL2 a period of 8.573 ± 0.004 h.
Rotation Periods for 2707 Ueferji and (23552) 1994 NB
We present photometric optical lightcurves and derived rotation periods for a sample of two asteroids: 2707 Ueferji (P = 5.2515 ± 0.0295 h) and (23552) 1994 NB (3.628 ± 0.001 h). Observations were carried out at the Observatorio Astronómico Carl Sagan (OACS) of the Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo, México.
We present lightcurves for (2498) Tsesevich and (2742) Gibson during 2022. Observations of Tsesevich made at the Union College Observatory are consistent with the previous period (Wilkin and Schechter, 2022). Observations of Gibson on two nights at Chi-4 yielded a partial lightcurve which we combined with ATLAS sparse survey data to obtain a doubly-periodic composite with period 20.60±0.01 h.
Collaborative Asteroid Photometry from UAI: 2023 April-June
Photometric observations of five asteroids were made in order to acquire lightcurves for shape/spin axis modeling. Synodic periods and lightcurve amplitudes were found for 1166 Sakuntala, 1929 Kollaa, 3443 Leetsungdao, and 2020 DB5. We also found color indices for 294 Felicia, 1166 Sakuntala, and 2020 DB5.
Lightcurves, H-G Curves and Color Indices for Three Minor Planets
Pages 267-270 Polakis, Tom
Photometric measurements were made for three mainbelt asteroids based on CCD observations made from 2023 April through June. Phased lightcurves are presented, followed by phase-slope parameter analyses based on 30 nights of data. Three color indices were computed for each asteroid. All the lightcurve data have been submitted to the ALCDEF database.
Lightcurve Analysis for Seventeen Main-Belt and Two Mars-Crossing Asteroid
Lightcurves and Synodic Rotation Periods for 23 Asteroids from Sopot Astronomical Observatory: 2022 October – 2023 July
Pages 278-283 Benishek, Vladimir
Lightcurve and synodic rotation period results were derived using photometric data for 23 asteroids obtained at the Sopot Astronomical Observatory in the time span 2022 October – 2023 July.
Lightcurves of Thirteen Asteroids
Pages 284-290 Dose, Eric V.
We present lightcurves and synodic rotation periods for thirteen asteroids measured in the first half of 2023.
Rotation Period and Lightcurve Determination for Fourteen Minor Planets
Pages 290-294 Wiles, Mike
Photometric measurements of fourteen main-belt asteroids were conducted from 2023 February through 2023 May. Phased lightcurves and rotation periods for each one are presented here. Eight of the asteroids have no prior published period solutions. All lightcurve data has been submitted to the ALCDEF database.
Lightcurve Analysis for Four Near-Earth Asteroids Observed April-June 2023
Pages 295-300 Birtwhistle, Peter
Lightcurves and amplitudes for four small near-Earth asteroids observed from Great Shefford Observatory during close approaches between April and June 2023 are reported. All are fast rotators with dominant periods shorter than 10 minutes and two are identified as having tumbling rotation.
Lightcurves and Colors of Four Small Near-Earth Asteroids: 2020 BV14, 2023 HH3, 2023 HT3, 2023 KQ
Pages 300-303 Eluo, Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya; Hergenrother, Carl W.
Photometric observations of four small, potentially fastrotating near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) were conducted in April and May 2023. Lightcurves for three NEAs and BVRI colors for all four NEAs are reported. A relative reflectance was computed and compared with observed asteroid spectra (from SMASS and SMASSII) for each asteroid. Also, the comparison was performed with lab spectra of meteorites from the Brown University Reflectance Experiment Laboratory.
Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies Palmer Divide Station: 2023 May-July
Pages 304-313 Warner, Brian D.
CCD photometric observations of twenty asteroids were made at the Center for Solar System Studies Palmer Divide Station during 2023 May and July. Data analysis found two likely binary asteroids: 2449 Kenos and (236716) 2007 FV42. Hungaria asteroids 3225 Hoag and 4232 Aparicio have unexplained secondary periods, and the near-Earth asteroid (467336) 2002 LT38 is very likely to be in non-principal axis rotation, i.e., it is a tumbler.
Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of 102 Miriam, 126 Velleda, 294 Felicia, 547 Praxedis, 716 Berkeley, 1166 Sakuntala, and 2535 Hameenlinna
Pages 313-317 Pilcher, Frederick
Synodic rotation periods and lightcurve amplitudes at their year 2023 oppositions are found for 102 Miriam 23.618 ± 0.002 hours, 0.11 ± 0.01 magnitudes; 126 Velleda 5.3674 ± 0.0001 hours, 0.20 ± 0.01 magnitudes; 294 Felicia 10.426 ± 0.001 hours, 0.15 ± 0.01 magnitudes; 547 Praxedis 9.104 ± 0.002 hours, 0.06 ± 0.02 magnitudes; 716 Berkeley 15.580 ± 0.001 hours, 0.16 ± 0.02 magnitudes; 1166 Sakuntala 6.2912 ± 0.0002 hours, 0.21 ± 0.01 magnitudes; 2535 Hameenlinna 3.2312 ± 0.0002 hours, 0.10 ± 0.02 magnitudes. For 102 Miriam, V-R = 0.36, H = 9.32, G = 0.21. For 126 Velleda, V-R = 0.49, H = 9.40, G = 0.21.
Pages 317-321 Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, J.; Benner, L. A. M.
We present lists of asteroid photometry opportunities for objects reaching a favorable apparition and have no or poorly-defined lightcurve parameters. Additional data on these objects will help with shape and spin axis modeling using lightcurve inversion. The “Radar-Optical Opportunities” section includes a list of potential radar targets as well as some that might be in critical need of astrometric data.
Index to Volume 50
Pages 322-324 Sada, Pedro A. Valdés
Listing of papers published in Volume 50 of the Minor Planet Bulletin
In This Issue
Pages 325 Warner, Brian D.
This list gives those asteroids in this issue for which physical observations (excluding astrometric only) were made. This includes lightcurves, color index, and H-G determinations, etc. In some cases, no specific results are reported due to a lack of or poorquality data. The page number is for the first page of the paper mentioning the asteroid. EP is the “go to page” value in the electronic version.