PI: Linda French, Illinois Wesleyan University, email@example.com
Address: Department of Physics, P.O. Box 2900, Bloomington, IL 61704, USA
CoI: Paul A. Abell, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
CoI: Faith Vilas, NASA Johnson Space Center
CoI: Yanga Fernandez, IfA, University of Astronomy
Title: Photometry of Cometary Nucleus Candidates and Primitive Asteroids
Abstract: Damocloids are a small, recently identified group of asteroids with high-inclination, high- eccentricity orbits similar to those of Oort Cloud comets. Our 2001 observations of C/2001 OG108 (LONEOS), originally identified as an asteroid before developing a coma, were the first to combine high-resolution spectra with thermal albedo measurements for a comet before perihelion. If the object were in the asteroid belt or the Trojan clouds, it would most likely have been classified as a D-object. We propose to obtain BVRI photometry of another Damocloid near perihelion, along with two to four D and P-type objects which may serve as analogs. We will determine periods, limits to shape, and taxonomic classes where appropriate for all objects.
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