Size and Shape of (11351) Leucus from Five Occultations Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; We present observations of five stellar occultations for (11351) Leucus and reports from two efforts on (21900) Orus. Both objects are prime mission candidate targets for the Lucy Discovery mission. Combined results for Leucus indicate a very dark surface with p; ; V; = 0.037 ± 0.001, which is derived from the average of the multichord occultations. Our estimate of the triaxial ellipsoidal shape is for axial diameters of 63.8 × 36.6 × 29.6 km assuming that the spin pole is normal to the line of sight. The actual shape of the object is only roughly elliptical in profile at each epoch. Significant topography is seen with horizontal scales up to 30 km and vertical scales up to 5 km. The most significant feature is a large depression on the southern end of the object as seen from a terrestrial viewpoint. For this work we developed a method to correct for differential refraction, accounting for the difference in color between the target object and the reference stars for astrometry derived from ground-based images.

publication date

  • October 1, 2021

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • November 23, 2021 3:28 AM

Full Author List

  • Buie MW; Keeney BA; Strauss RH; Blank TE; Moore JG; Porter SB; Wasserman LH; Weryk RJ; Levison HF; Olkin CB

author count

  • 79

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2632-3338

Additional Document Info

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  • 202

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  • 202


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