A photometric study of members of the NEOs Atiras population

Icarus (in Press) Link to Article [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114723]
1Observatório Nacional, Rua Gal. José Cristino 77, 20921-400, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copyright Elsevier

The observation of objects of the Atiras population is a challenge due to the narrow time-window in which observations are possible and, even so, at very low altitudes. This is due to the orbit of these objects, internal to that of the Earth. In this work we present the results of a photometric observational campaign of Atiras aiming to determine their physical parameters using the rotational light curve, the solar phase curve and the photometric spectrum. The period and amplitude have been determined for the asteroids (163693) Atira, (413563) 2005 TG45 and 2017 YH. In the case of (163693) Atira, we have determined a plausible rotational period , where the composite light curve presents structure usually related to the presence of a companion, as it has been suggested by radar observations of this asteroid. For asteroids (163693) Atira, (413563) 2005 TG45, (481817) 2008 UL90 and 2018 JB3 it was possible to derive the absolute magnitude and the phase coefficient. The obtained values are similar to those observed for asteroids with intermediate to low albedo. Finally, for asteroid (163693) Atira we have obtained a featureless photometric spectrum which is compatible in the Carvano taxonomic scheme with the Xp, Dp or Cp classes. No appreciable surface variations were observed for this object.


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