Volume 599, March 2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||23 February 2017|
Shape model of asteroid (130) Elektra from optical photometry and disk-resolved images from VLT/SPHERE and Nirc2/Keck
1 Centre National d’Études Spatiales, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
2 Université Côte d’Azur, OCA, CNRS, Lagrange, France
3 Astronomical Institute, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, V Holešovičkách 2, 18000 Prague, Czech Republic
4 SETI Institute, Carl Sagan Center, 189 Bernado Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
5 Department of Mathematics, Tampere University of Technology, PO Box 553, 33101 Tampere, Finland
6 European Southern Observatory (ESO), Alonso de Cordova 3107, 1900 Casilla Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
Received: 26 August 2016
Accepted: 9 November 2016
Context. Asteroid (130) Elektra belongs to one of the six known triple asteroids in the main belt, so its mass has been reliably determined.
Aims. We aim to use all available disk-resolved images of (130) Elektra obtained by the SPHERE instrument at VLT and by the Nirc2 of the Keck telescope together with the disk-integrated photometry to determine its shape model and its size. The volume can be then used in combination with the known mass to derive the bulk density of the primary.
Methods. We have applied the All-Data Asteroid Modeling (ADAM) algorithm to the optical disk-integrated data, two disk-resolved images obtained by the SPHERE instrument, and 13 disk-resolved images from the Nirc2 of the Keck telescope. We have also derived the shape model and size of Elektra.
Results. We present the shape model, volume-equivalent diameter (199 ± 7 km) and bulk density (1.60 ± 0.13 g cm-3) of the C-type asteroid Elektra.
Key words: minor planets, asteroids: individual: (130) Elektra / methods: observational / methods: numerical
© ESO, 2017
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