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

DOI: 
10.3847/0004-6256/152/6/156
Publication date: 
01/12/2016
Main author: 
Benedetti-Rossi, G.
IAA authors: 
Ortiz, J. L.;Morales, N.;Duffard, R.;Santos-Sanz, P.
Authors: 
Benedetti-Rossi, G.;Sicardy, B.;Buie, M. W.;Ortiz, J. L.;Vieira-Martins, R.;Keller, J. M.;Braga-Ribas, F.;Camargo, J. I. B.;Assafin, M.;Morales, N.;Duffard, R.;Dias-Oliveira, A.;Santos-Sanz, P.;Desmars, J.;Gomes-Júnior, A. R.;Leiva, R.;Bardecker, J.;Bean, J. K., Jr.;Olsen, A. M.;Ruby, D. W.;Sumner, R.;Thirouin, A.;Gómez-Muñoz, M. A.;Gutierrez, L.;Wasserman, L.;Charbonneau, D.;Irwin, J.;Levine, S.;Skiff, B.
Journal: 
The Astronomical Journal
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
152
Pages: 
156
Abstract: 
We present results derived from the first multi-chord stellar occultation by the trans-Neptunian object (229762) 2007 UK<SUB>126</SUB>, 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}<SUB>-10</SUB><SUP>+15</SUP> km and equivalent radius of {R}<SUB>{eq</SUB>}={319}<SUB>-7</SUB><SUP>+14</SUP> km. A circular fit also gives a radius of R={324}<SUB>-23</SUB><SUP>+30</SUP> 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}<SUB>V</SUB>={0.159}<SUB>-0.013</SUB><SUP>+0.007</SUP> and {p}<SUB>R</SUB>={0.189}<SUB>-0.015</SUB><SUP>+0.009</SUP>, and for the body oblateness between ε ={0.105}<SUB>-0.040</SUB><SUP>+0.050</SUP> and ε ={0.118}<SUB>-0.048</SUB><SUP>+0.055</SUP>. For a nominal rotational period of 11.05 hr, an upper limit for density of ρ = 1740 kg m<SUP>−3</SUP> is estimated for the body.
Database: 
ADS
SCOPUS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2016AJ....152..156B/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2016AJ....152..156B
Keywords: 
Kuiper belt objects: individual: 229762;2007 UK126;occultations;planets and satellites: fundamental parameters;Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics