Radar Shape Modeling Of (8567) 1996 HW1 Combined With Thermal Observations

Ellen S. Howell, C. Magri, M. C. Nolan, P. A. Taylor, R. J., Jr. Vervack, Y. R. Fernandez, M. Mueller, L. A. M. Benner, J. D. Giorgini, D. J. Scheeres, M. D. Hicks, H. Rhoades, J. M. Somers, N. M. Gaftonyuk, Y. N. Krugly, V. V. Kouprianov, I. E. Molotov, V. Benishek, V. Protitch-Benishek, A. GaladD. Higgins, P. Kusnirak, D. Pray

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We observed near-Earth asteroid (8567) 1996 HW1 at the Arecibo Observatory on six dates in September 2008, obtaining radar images and spectra. By combining these data with an extensive set of new lightcurves taken during 2008-2009 and with previously published lightcurves from 2005, we were able to reconstruct the object's shape and spin state. 1996 HW1 is an elongated, highly bifurcated object, and appears to be a contact binary. A convex shape model derived from the lightcurves alone produces a pole orientation that is consistent with the pole derived from the radar data. It is instructive to compare these two shape models. We have also obtained near-infrared spectra at the NASA IRTF using SpeX in both prism and LXD modes. The prism spectra show pyroxene and olivine bands. We obtained LXD spectra (2-4 microns) on 19 August, 1 September and 1 October 2008. Thermal modeling using the shape model and derived pole and rotation constrain the regolith properties. The radar shape model and results of the thermal modeling will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080
JournalBulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 1-Oct-2010
Event42nd Meeting, American Astronomical Society, 2010 - Pasadena, United States
Duration: 4-Oct-20108-Oct-2010

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