A Practical Guide to Lightcurve Photometry and Analysis (The by Brian D. Warner

By Brian D. Warner

Tools for newbie astronomers who desire to transcend CCD imaging and step into ‘serious’ technology. The textual content bargains strategies for accumulating, interpreting, and publishing info, and describes joint initiatives within which amateurs and scholars can participate. Readers discover ways to realize and steer clear of universal mistakes in accumulating photometry info, with distinctive examples for research. contains reports of obtainable software program, with reveal photographs and precious tips.

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Size matters because everyone is worried about “the big one” that will eventually hit Earth. , prograde or retrograde, can be critical in assessing the probability that an asteroid will impact Earth and, if it does, what damage it might cause. The growth in the number of known rotation periods since about 2000 has altered the picture of the Solar System dramatically and made “YORP” a household word among planetary scientists. This is otherwise known as the Yarkovsky-­ O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddock effect, and reflects different factors on the rotation rate and pole orientation of asteroid bodies.

The phase angle bisector ( PAB ) is the average of the two asteroid-body vectors. The XYZ coordinates of the end point of PAB on the celestial sphere are converted to ecliptic longitude and latitude. A longitude of 0° points towards the vernal equinox. A latitude of 0° points to a spot that lies on the ecliptic plane. 4). Since about 2009, researchers such as Josef Durech and Josef Hanus have led the way in using sparse data for lightcurve inversion. A good example of a sparse data set would be one from a professional NEA survey that gets a limited number of observations each night and reports the photometry for all asteroids in their images, not just the NEAs.

In this case, you’d need help from an observer sufficiently far away in longitude so that his data cover the parts of the orbital period that yours do not. How do you know if you might have evidence for a satellite? 6 gives you an idea. 1 Asteroids 15 Fig.  Warner) other than to find the best-fit period. A number of data points are well below the average lightcurve. Are they bad data or do they indicate something real? Be careful! Many people have presumed such “bad” data points to be just that and eliminated them to find a better fit to the remaining data.

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