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Albedos and diameters of three Mars Trojan asteroids

Albedos and diameters of three Mars Trojan asteroids

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Albedos and diameters of three Mars Trojanasteroids
David E. Trilling
a
, Andrew S. Rivkin
b
, John A. Stansberry
a
,Timothy B. Spahr
c
, Richard A. Crudo
a
,
d
, and John K. Davies
e
a
Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, 933 N. Cherry Avenue, Tucson,AZ 85721
b
Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, 11100 Johns HopkinsRoad, Laurel, MD 20723 
c
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA02139 
d
Present address: Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, U-3046, 2152 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269 
e
UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, UK 
Number of pages:16Number of tables:2Number of figures:1
Preprint submitted to Icarus 1 February 200
 
Proposed Running Head:
Albedos and diameters of three Mars Trojans
Please send Editorial Correspondence to:
David E. TrillingSteward ObservatoryThe University of Arizona933 N. Cherry AvenueTucson, AZ 85721Email: trilling@as.arizona.eduPhone: (520) 626-1600Fax: (520) 621-95552
 
ABSTRACT
We observed the Mars Trojan asteroids (5261) Eureka and (101429) 1998 VF
31
and the candidate Mars Trojan 2001 FR
127
at 11.2 and 18.1 microns usingMichelle on the Gemini North telescope. We derive diameters of 1.28, 0.78, and
<
0.52 km, respectively, with corresponding geometric visible albedos of 0.39,0.32, and
>
0.14. The albedos for Eureka and 1998 VF
31
are consistent with thetaxonomic classes and compositions (S(I)/angritic and S(VII)/achrondritic,respectively) and implied histories presented in a companion paper by Rivkinet al. Eureka’s surface likely has a relatively high thermal inertia, implyinga thin regolith that is consistent with predictions and the small size that wederive.
Keywords:
TROJAN ASTEROIDS; INFRARED OBSERVATIONS; REGOLITHS3

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