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Light Curves and Rotational Properties of the Pristine Cold Classical Kuiper Belt Objects

• Authors: Audrey Thirouin, and Scott S. Sheppard

2019 The Astronomical Journal 157 228.

• Provider: AAS Journals

Caption: Figure 3.

Study of 2004 VC131. The Lomb periodogram (plot a)) has one main peak, suggesting a rotational period of 2 × 7.85 hr (plot b)). The rotational phase of the light curve is between 0 and 2, and so two rotations are plotted. With plots (c) and (d), we calculated the potential mass ratios, size, and shape of the components, density, and separation (D) for a contact binary configuration.