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Asteroids observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Author(s): Zeljko Ivezic; M. Juric; Robert H. Lupton; S. Tabachnik; T. Quinn
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Paper Abstract

We announce the first public release of the SDSS Moving Object Catalog, with SDSS observations for 58,117 asteroids. The catalog lists astrometric and photometric data for moving objects observed prior to Dec 15, 2001, and also includes orbital elements for 10,592 previously known objects, and confirm that asteroid dynamical families, defined as clusters in orbital parameter space, also strongly segregate in color space. Their distinctive optical colors indicate that the variations in chemical composition within a family are much smaller than the compositional differences between families, and strongly support earlier suggestions that asteroids belonging to a particular family have a common origin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 December 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4836, Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries, (24 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.457304
Show Author Affiliations
Zeljko Ivezic, Princeton Univ. (United States)
M. Juric, Univ. of Zagreb (Croatia)
Princeton Univ. (United States)
Visnjan Observatory (Croatia)
Robert H. Lupton, Princeton Univ. (United States)
S. Tabachnik, Princeton Univ. (United States)
T. Quinn, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4836:
Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries
J. Anthony Tyson; Sidney Wolff, Editor(s)

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