Volume 368, Number 3, March IV 2001
|Page(s)||1108 - 1114|
|Section||Celestial mechanics and astrometry|
|Published online||15 March 2001|
An attempt to detect Vulcanoids with SOHO/LASCO images
I. Scale relativity and quantization of the solar system
Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Augustin Fresnel, CNRS-UMR 6528, Av. Copernic, 06130 Grasse, France
2 Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Augustin Fresnel, CNRS-UMR 6528, Bd. de l'Observatoire, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
Corresponding author: G. Schumacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 November 2000
We report an attempt to verify one of the predictions of Scale Relativity theory, namely that a small Vulcanoid should exist at 0.18 AU from the Sun. We have analyzed images taken by the coronograph LASCO aboard the satellite SOHO. Raw images are processed in order to eliminate cosmic ray impacts, stars and to improve the contrast. We have examined the resulting cleaned-up images both visually and by means of automatic detection using our own software. We have found no objects of visual magnitude 7 or brighter, corresponding to bodies with a diameter exceeding 60 km.
Key words: gravitation / methods: data analysis / techniques: image processing / minor planets, asteroids / solar system: general
© ESO, 2001
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