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Results from the 2014 November 15th Multi-chord Stellar Occultation by the TNO (229762) 2007 UK<SUB>126</SUB> - NASA/ADS

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Results from the 2014 November 15th Multi-chord Stellar Occultation by the TNO (229762) 2007 UK126


We present results derived from the first multi-chord stellar occultation by the trans-Neptunian object (229762) 2007 UK126, observed on 2014 November 15. The event was observed by the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network project and International Occultation Timing Association collaborators throughout the United States. Use of two different data analysis methods obtain a satisfactory fit to seven chords, yielding an elliptical fit to the chords with an equatorial radius of R={338}-10+15 km and equivalent radius of {R}{eq}={319}-7+14 km. A circular fit also gives a radius of R={324}-23+30 km. Assuming that the object is a Maclaurin spheroid with indeterminate aspect angle, and using two published absolute magnitudes for the body, we derive possible ranges for geometric albedo between {p}V={0.159}-0.013+0.007 and {p}R={0.189}-0.015+0.009, and for the body oblateness between ∊ ={0.105}-0.040+0.050 and ∊ ={0.118}-0.048+0.055. For a nominal rotational period of 11.05 hr, an upper limit for density of ρ = 1740 kg m-3 is estimated for the body.

The Astronomical Journal
Pub Date:
December 2016
  • Kuiper belt objects: individual: 229762;
  • 2007 UK126;
  • occultations;
  • planets and satellites: fundamental parameters;
  • Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
40 pages, 5 figures, 4 tables. Accepted for publication in the The Astronomical Journal (Aug. 1, 2016)
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