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Volume 394, Number 1, October IV 2002
Page(s) L19 - L21
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20021329

A&A 394, L19-L21 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021329


Mutual phenomena involving J5 Amalthea in 2002-2003

F. Vachier, J. E. Arlot and W. Thuillot

Institut de mécanique céleste et de calcul des éphémerides, IMCCE-Observatoire de Paris
    e-mail: arlot@bdl.fr; thuillot@bdl.fr

(Received 30 July 2002 / Accepted 11 September 2002)

Every six years mutual eclipses and occultations occur among the Jovian system of satellites. Very accurate astrometric measurements and several physical characteristics of the surfaces can be infered from their observation. This paper is provide predictions of this type of events involving the fifth satellite J5 Amalthea, spanning from November 2002 to June 2003 and to urge astronomers to observe them. Only the predictions of the eclipses of Amalthea by Io are presented, when the distance between Amalthea-Io and Amalthea-Jutpiter is large enough for photometric purposes. A full list of phenomena is available on the server http://www.imcce.fr/Phemu03/phemu03_eng.html

Key words: Amalthea -- mutual events -- dynamical modeling

Offprint request: F. Vachier, vachier@bdl.fr

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