Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 119, Issue 1, pp 35–45 | Cite as

Lightcurve Analysis, Shapes and Spins of Asteroids Ermolova and Silver from Long-Term Observations

  • Marek HusárikEmail author


We present lightcurves, shapes, and 3D convex spin-axis models for two main-belt asteroids: (3657) Ermolova and (5325) Silver. The photometric data were obtained at the Skalnaté Pleso Observatory (High Tatras, Slovakia) only. The models were obtained with the lightcurve inversion process using combined dense photometric data from the apparitions in 2006, 2010, and 2013 for Ermolova and in 2006, 2010, and 2013 for Silver. The analysis of the resulting data found sidereal periods and possible ecliptic pole solutions (J2000.0). Currently, only 1592 models are known for 907 asteroids. Knowledge of individual asteroid shapes and spin axes is vital for the understanding the Solar System.


Asteroids Rotation Photometry Shapes 



This work has been supported by the Slovak Grant Agency for Sciences VEGA (Grant No. 2/0032/14) and this article was created by the realisation of the project ITMS No. 26220120029, based on the supporting operational Research and development program financed from the European Regional Development Fund. Author thanks to reviewers for valuable comments and help with improving the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of SciencesTatranská LomnicaSlovakia

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