Effects of space weathering on the Trojan asteroids
Author(s)Deet, April A. (April Anne)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Richard P. Binzel.
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Trojan asteroids orbit at Jupiter's L4 and L5 points. They are included in the D-class of asteroids because of their steep spectral slope. According to spectra of other asteroid classes, the larger the diameter is of a D-class asteroid, the redder the asteroid should be in the visible spectrum. We examined a total of fifteen asteroids, five (from the SMASS 1 data set) were small, and ten (newly collected data) were large. The actual results did not match our expected results, most likely due to the large error bars and the small data set. Space weathering may affect Trojans in the same way as it does other asteroid classes. To know with certainty, further investigation is needed.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2002.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. "The pagination in this thesis reflects how it was delivered to the Institute Archives and Special Collections. Thesis was submitted to the Institute Archives without all the required signatures"--Disclaimer Notice page.Includes bibliographical references (page 40).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.