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Venus trojan?

Post by marasama on 22nd January 2014, 12:12 am

http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5013

Venus has three known co-orbitals: (322756) 2001 CK32, 2002 VE68 and 2012 XE133. The first two have absolute magnitudes 18 < H < 21. The third one, significantly smaller at H = 23.4 mag, is a recent discovery that signals the probable presence of many other similar objects: small transient companions to Venus that are also potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs). Here, we study the dynamical evolution of the recently discovered asteroid 2013 ND15. At H = 24.1 mag, this minor body is yet another small Venus co-orbital and PHA, currently close to the Lagrangian point L4 and following the most eccentric path found so far for objects in this group. Due to its high eccentricity (0.6), its dynamics is different from that of the other three known Venus co-orbitals even if they all are near-Earth objects (NEOs). A Monte Carlo simulation that uses the orbital data and discovery circumstances of the four objects as proxies to estimate the current size of this population, indicates that the number of high-eccentricity, low-inclination Venus co-orbital NEOs may have been greatly underestimated by current models. Three out of four known objects were discovered with solar elongation at perigee greater than 135 degrees even if visibility estimates show that less than four per cent of these objects are expected to reach perigee at such large elongations. Nearly 70 per cent of the objects discussed here have elongation at perigee < 90 degrees and 65 per cent are prospective PHAs.

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Re: Venus trojan?

Post by PlutonianEmpire on 22nd January 2014, 2:43 am

Venus trojans, eh?

Certainly explains why Troy lost the war.

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