Stellar Occultation by the Resonant Trans-Neptunian Object (523764) 2014 WC510 Reveals a Close Binary TNO Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; We report on the stellar occultation by (523764) 2014 WC510 observed on 2018 December 1 UT. This occultation campaign was part of the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network (RECON), a network of small telescopes spread over 2000 km in western USA and Canada. Light curves from six stations revealed three groups of two or more consecutive flux drops correlated in time between adjacent stations. A Bayesian model comparison reveals that a model with a double object occulting a double star is favored over alternative models considered. For the statistically favored model, we determined that the primary component of the object has a diameter d; ; p;  = 181 ± 16 km and the secondary d; ; s;  = 138 ± 32 km, assuming identical geometric albedo between the two components. The two components have a projected separation of 349 ± 26 km. Adopting an absolute magnitude for the system of H; ; V;  = 7.2 from the Minor Planet Center, we derive a geometric albedo of p; ; V;  = 5.1% ± 1.7%. This is the smallest resonant object with an occultation size measurement and with a detected secondary from a ground-based stellar occultation, filling a region of the size versus separation parameter space of binary objects that is largely unexplored. The results show the capabilities of the unique design of the RECON experiment sensitive to small objects and close binaries. 2014 WC510 is presently at a low galactic latitude where the high surface density of stars will provide good occultation opportunities in the upcoming years.

publication date

  • September 1, 2020

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Date in CU Experts

  • November 6, 2020 11:15 AM

Full Author List

  • Leiva R; Buie MW; Keller JM; Wasserman LH; Kavelaars JJ; Bridges T; Haley SL; Strauss R; Wilde E; Weryk R

author count

  • 25

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2632-3338

Additional Document Info

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  • 48

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