Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 99, Issue 1, pp 387–392

A comparison between binary star light curves and those of possible binary asteroids

  • H. J. Schober

DOI: 10.1007/BF00650261

Cite this article as:
Schober, H.J. Astrophys Space Sci (1984) 99: 387. doi:10.1007/BF00650261


Since about ten years coordinated programs of photoelectric observations of asteroids are carried out to derive rotation rates and light curves. Quite a number of those asteroids exhibit features in their light curves, with similar characteristics as variable stars and especially eclipsing binaries. This would allow also an interpretation that there might be an evidence for the binary nature of some asteroids, based on observational hints. A few examples are given and a list of indications for the possible binary nature of asteroids, based on their light curve features, is presented.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Schober
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für AstronomieGrazAustria