Volume 371, Number 1, May III 2001
|Page(s)||L1 - L4|
|Published online||15 May 2001|
Short term variability of Centaur 1999 UG
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC Aptd 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain
2 Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon/ Lisbon Astronomical Observatory, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisbon, Portugal
3 Paris-Meudon Observatory, France
Corresponding author: P. J. Gutiérrez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 21 March 2001
A lightcurve of Centaur 1999 UG5 from R-band CCD images taken at the Calar Alto 1.52 m and La Palma 3.5 m TNG telescopes is presented. The lightcurve shows noticeable changes in brightness. Small activity outbursts do not appear to be the cause of the brightness changes because no coma was detected after coadding all the images. Thus, the changes in brightness are interpreted as being caused by rotational variability. A periodogram analysis of the lightcurve reveals significant peaks from 13.0 h to 13.8 h, with a confidence level exceeding 99.9% . The maximum spectral power corresponds to 13.25 h. The overall shape of the lightcurve can be explained by an irregular object rotating once per 26.5 h, but other possibilities exist. Assuming an ellipsoid shape for the rotating body, the mag amplitude of the lightcurve implies a minimum axial ratio of 1.25. The mean absolute magnitude in V band was found to be assuming a typical phase parameter . This implies a diameter of 55.3 km for the object, provided that a typical albedo of 0.04 is assumed. The colours of 1999 UG5 were found to be , , and .
Key words: minor bodies / Centaurs / photometry / rotation / colours
© ESO, 2001
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