Title

Radar observations of Asteroids 64 Angelina and 69 Hesperia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2011

Abstract

We report new radar observations of E-class Asteroid 64 Angelina and M-class Asteroid 69 Hesperia obtained with the Arecibo Observatory S-band radar (2480MHz, 12.6cm). Our measurements of Angelina's radar bandwidth are consistent with reported diameters and poles. We find Angelina's circular polarization ratio to be 0.8±0.1, tied with 434 Hungaria for the highest value observed for main-belt asteroids and consistent with the high values observed for all E-class asteroids (Benner, L.A.M., Ostro, S.J., Magri, C., Nolan, M.C., Howell, E.S., Giorgini, J.D., Jurgens, R.F., Margot, J.L., Taylor, P.A., Busch, M.W., Shepard, M.K. [2008]. Icarus 198, 294-304; Shepard, M.K., Kressler, K.M., Clark, B.E., Ockert-Bell, M.E., Nolan, M.C., Howell, E.S., Magri, C., Giorgini, J.D., Benner, L.A.M., Ostro, S.J. [2008b]. Icarus 195, 220-225). Our radar observations of 69 Hesperia, combined with lightcurve-based shape models, lead to a diameter estimate, D =110±15km, approximately 20% smaller than the reported IRAS value. We estimate Hesperia to have a radar albedo of σ̂OC=0.45±0.12, consistent with a high-metal content. We therefore add 69 Hesperia to the Mm-class (high metal M) (Shepard, M.K., Clark, B.E., Ockert-Bell, M., Nolan, M.C., Howell, E.S., Magri, C., Giorgini, J.D., Benner, L.A.M., Ostro, S.J., Harris, A.W., Warner, B.D., Stephens, R.D., Mueller, M. [2010]. Icarus 208, 221-237), bringing the total number of Mm-class objects to eight; this is 40% of all M-class asteroids observed by radar to date. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. eff

Publication Name

Icarus

Volume Number

215

First Page

547

Last Page

551

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1016/j.icarus.2011.07.027

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