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Light curve for asteroid 2014 VQ

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Light curve for asteroid 2014 VQ Light curve of asteroid 2014 VQ showing a very short rotation period, well below the value of 2.2 h which is the spin-barrier value for the transition from rubble-pile objects to monolithic objects. 2014 VQ is a relatively large asteroid to be so fast and the light curve is single periodic, i.e. there is no sign of a possible complex rotation. This light curve was obtained using the 0.81-meter telescope at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, which received improvements made possible by a Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant.

Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley / Albino Carbognani


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