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J/A+A/505/1297      Hawaii Trails Project                    (Hsieh, 2009)

The Hawaii Trails Project: Comet-Hunting in the Main Asteroid Belt. Hsieh H.H. <Astron. Astrophys. 505, 1297 (2009)> =2009A&A...505.1297H
ADC_Keywords: Surveys ; Minor planets Keywords: Comets: general - comets: individual: 133P/Elst-Pizarro - comets: individual: 176P/LINEAR - minor planets, asteroids - solar system: general Abstract: The mysterious solar system object 133P/(7968) Elst-Pizarro is dynamically asteroidal, yet displays recurrent comet-like dust emission. Two scenarios were hypothesized to explain this unusual behavior: (1) 133P is a classical comet from the outer solar system that has evolved onto a main-belt orbit, or (2) 133P is a dynamically ordinary main-belt asteroid on which subsurface ice has recently been exposed. If (1) is correct, the expected rarity of a dynamical transition onto an asteroidal orbit implies that 133P could be alone in the main belt. In contrast, if (2) is correct, other icy main-belt objects should exist and could also exhibit cometary activity. Believing 133P to be a dynamically ordinary, yet icy main-belt asteroid, I set out to test the primary prediction of the hypothesis: that 133P-like objects should be common and could be found by an appropriately designed observational survey. Description: This table details the dynamical and physical properties of the objects observed as part of the Hawaii Trail Project, as well as the circumstances of each object's observation. File Summary:
FileName Lrecl Records Explanations
ReadMe 80 . This file table3.dat 153 657 Properties of objects imaged for the Hawaii Trail Project (HTP)
See also: B/astorb : Orbits of Minor Planets (Bowell+ 2009) B/comets : Database of the orbital elements of comets (Rocher, 2007) Byte-by-byte Description of file: table3.dat
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
1- 11 A11 --- ObjID Object ID code (YYYYMMDD_NN) 13- 18 I6 --- AstNum ? Numerical asteroid designation (if any) 20- 42 A23 --- AstName Asteroid name or provisional designation 44 I1 --- Nobs Number of separate observations of object 46- 50 A5 --- Type Target type (1) 52 A1 --- T [PO] Orbital element type (2) 54- 58 F5.3 AU a Semimajor axis length (3) 60- 64 F5.3 --- e Eccentricity (3) 66- 69 F4.2 deg i Inclination (3) 71- 74 F4.2 --- TISS Tisserand parameter (4) 76- 79 F4.1 --- VMAG Absolute magnitude (V-band) 81- 90 A10 "YYYY/MM/DD" UTDate Date of observation 92- 96 A5 --- Tel Telescope used (5) 98-101 F4.2 AU Hdist Heliocentric distance of object (6) 103-106 F4.2 AU Gdist Geocentric distance of object (6) 108-111 F4.1 deg phSun Solar phase angle (6) 113-116 F4.1 deg OrbAng Orbit plane angle (6) 118-122 F5.1 deg TrueAnom True anomaly (6) 124-127 F4.1 mag Rmag Measured apparent magnitude (R-band) 129-131 F3.1 mag e_Rmag Magnitude uncertainty (7) 133-136 I4 s ExpTime Total effective exposure time 138-141 I4 --- SNR Measured signal-to-noise ratio 143-146 F4.1 mag/arcsec2 DetLim Coma surface brightness detection limit 148-153 F6.4 10+6km-2 Cd/Cn Ratio limit of dust to nucleus (8)
Note (1): Target type as follows: Kari = Karin cluster asteroid Koro = Koronis family asteroid Low-i = Low-inclination asteroid Them = Themis family asteroid Veri = Veritas family asteroid Note (2): Orbital element type as follows: P = Proper elements from Asteroids - Dynamic Site (AstDyS) (Knezevic & Milani, 2003A&A...403.1165K; O = Osculating elements from JPL's Solar System Dynamics Group's Small-Body Database ( Note (3): Computed with respect to Jupiter using tabulated orbital elements Note (4): From JPL's Solar System Dynamics Group's Small-Body Database ( Note (5): Telescope codes as follows: CT1m = Cerro Tololo 1.0 meter telescope (Cerro Tololo, Chile) Gemn = Gemini North 8 meter telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii) Keck = Keck I 10 meter telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii) Lulin = Lulin 1 meter telescope (Lulin Mountain, Taiwan) SOAR = Southern Astrophysical Research 4.1 meter telescope (Cerro Pachon, Chile) Subr = Subaru 8 meter telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii) UH2.2 = University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii) Note (6): From JPL's Solar System Dynamics Group's Horizons online ephemeris generator ( Note (7): Approximate uncertainty in R-band magnitude of asteroid measured from observations, estimated to be 0.1mag if observed during clear conditions or ∼0.5mag if observed with cirrus present Note (8): Fractional scattering surface area of dust with respect to the nucleus cross-section
Acknowledgements: Henry Hsieh, h.hsieh(at)
(End) Henry Hsieh [Queen's Univ., Belfast], Patricia Vannier [CDS] 06-Aug-2009
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