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The search for vulcanoids in the 2008 total solar eclipse

  • HaiBin ZhaoEmail author
  • Hao Lu
  • GeTu Zhaori
  • JinSheng Yao
  • YueHua Ma
Article

Abstract

Interior to Mercury’s orbit is a dynamically stable region where a population of small, asteroid-like bodies called Vulcanoids has been hypothesized to reside. The Vulcanoid Zone (VZ) extends inward from about 0.18 au to about 0.08 au. During the Total Solar Eclipse (TSE) in 2008, a search for Vulcanoids was completed. Although no Vulcanoids was detected to a moving object detection limit of V=12.8, the search was far more comprehensive than previous searches.

Keywords

vulcanoids vulcanoid zone total solar eclipse search 

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© Science in China Press and Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • HaiBin Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hao Lu
    • 1
    • 2
  • GeTu Zhaori
    • 1
  • JinSheng Yao
    • 1
    • 2
  • YueHua Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Purple Mountain ObservatoryChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina
  2. 2.National Astronomical ObservatoriesChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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