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Program Information for 2018A-0241


PI: Michal Drahus, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, drahus@oa.uj.edu.pl
Address: Poland

CoI: Piotr Guzik, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
CoI: Barbara Handzlik, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
CoI: Waclaw Waniak, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Title: Rotation of Main Belt Comets

Abstract: Main Belt Comets is a new class of object in our nearest neighborhood. They look like comets on main-belt asteroid orbits, but the nature of cometary activity in most of these objects remains unclear to date. The most plausible candidate triggers are hypervelocity impact or centripetal disruption. We propose to survey the rotation rates of these objects and in this way obtain a critical test of the two hypotheses. Establishing the rates at which asteroids break up by rotation and through collision is fundamental to understanding the sources of dust in the solar system and beyond. Given that we have no access to an adequate national facility, we wish to take advantage of NSF's open skies policy and request Gemini time through NOAO.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2018A):  GEM-SQ/GMOSS -- 8hrs band 3 (GS-2018A-Q-318 )


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