Tuesday, June 11, 2013

1306.2111 (Seitaro Urakawa et al.)

Visible Spectroscopic Observations of Near-Earth Object 2012 DA14    [PDF]

Seitaro Urakawa, Mitsugu Fujii, Hidekazu Hanayama, Jun Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Terai, Osamu Oshima
We present visible spectroscopic observations of a near-earth object (NEO) 2012 DA14. The asteroid 2012 DA14 came close to the surface of the Earth on February 15, 2013 at a distance of 27,700 km. Its estimated diameter is around 45 m. The physical properties of such a small asteroid have not yet been well determined. The close encounter is a good opportunity to conduct a variety of observations. The purpose of this paper is to deduce the taxonomy of 2012 DA14 by visible spectroscopic observations using the 0.4 m f/10 telescope at the Fujii Kurosaki Observatory. We conclude that the taxonomy of 2012 DA14 is an L-type in the visible wavelength region. In addition, we refer to the availability of a small, accessible telescope for NEOs smaller than 100 m.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.2111

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