Orbital stability analysis and photometric characterization of the second Earth Trojan asteroid 2020 XL5

T. Santana-Ros, M. Micheli, L. Faggioli, R. Cennamo, M. Devogèle, A. Alvarez-Candal, D. Oszkiewicz, O. Ramírez, P.-Y. Liu, P. G. Benavidez, A. Campo Bagatin, E. J. Christensen, R. J. Wainscoat, R. Weryk, L. Fraga, C. Briceño & L. Conversi


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Riley McGlasson, a 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer student at the Arecibo Observatory, published a detailed study of the asteroid 1981 Midas in the Planetary Science Journal. The analysis combined radar data from the Arecibo Observatory and NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex with optical data from telescopes across the world to provide a comprehensive mathematical description of the asteroid’s shape, its spin rate, its orientation in space, and the gravitational slopes across its surface. + Read More