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Adaptive optics observations of Asteroid (216) Kleopatra

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Type
Published Article
Journal
ScienceOpen Astronomy & Astrophysics
Publisher
ScienceOpen
Publication Date
Sep 30, 2002
Volume
394
Issue
1
Pages
339–343
Source
SETI Institute
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Unknown

Abstract

The large main-belt asteroid (216) Kleopatra has been for long suspected to be a binary object, mainly due to its large lightcurve amplitude. However, recent observations suggest that it is a single" bone-shaped" or bi-lobated body (Ostro et al. 2000; Tanga et al. 2001). We present results obtained from ground-based adaptive optics observations, and in agreement with the radar raw-observations, the images show two prominent lobes. Making use of the MISTRAL deconvolution technique, the restored images yield a well-separated ...

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