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Radar observations of the asteroid 2011 UW158


In July 2015 intercontinental bistatic radar observations of the potentially dangerous asteroid 2011 UW158 during its close approach to the Earth were carried out. The asteroid was illuminated at a frequency of 8.4 GHz with the 70-m DSS-14 antenna of the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, while the signal reflected from the asteroid was received with the 32-m radio telescopes of the Quasar VLBI network at the Zelenchukskaya and Badary Observatories. The spectra of the reflected radio signals were obtained. The sizes and rotation period of the asteroid consistent with photometric observations and the ratio of the powers of the reflected signals with left- and right-hand circular polarizations were determined. The derived values suggest that the asteroid has an inhomogeneous surface and a prolate shape. The observations of the Doppler shift of the reflected signal frequency were obtained, which allowed the orbital parameters of the asteroid to be improved.

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Original Russian Text © A.V. Ipatov, Yu.S. Bondarenko, Yu.D. Medvedev, N.A. Mishina, D.A. Marshalov, L.A. Benner, 2016, published in Pis’ma v Astronomicheskii Zhurnal, 2016, Vol. 42, No. 12, pp. 935–940.

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Ipatov, A.V., Bondarenko, Y.S., Medvedev, Y.D. et al. Radar observations of the asteroid 2011 UW158. Astron. Lett. 42, 850–855 (2016).

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  • NEAs
  • asteroids
  • radar observations
  • orbit determination