Ground-based characterization of Leucus and Polymele, two fly-by targets of the Lucy Discovery mission
Lucy is a proposed NASA Discovery mission designed to perform close fly-bys with six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. The mission, which is currently in the Phase A development phase, is planned to launch in 2021 and arrive at the L4 Trojan cloud in 2027. We report on the results of an observational campaign of (11351) Leucus and (15094) Polymele conducted this year. The goal is to characterize their shape, spin state and photometric properties to aid in mission planning and to complement the mission data. Leucus was previously observed by French et al (2013) where they reported a 514 hour rotation period with a lightcurve amplitude as high as 1 magnitude. Our data confirm a long-period and high-amplitude lightcurve but with a period closer to 440 hours. The lightcurve shape has a symmetric double-peaked shape with a ~0.7mag peak-to-peak amplitude. Initial results for Polymele indicate a low-amplitude lightcurve at or below 0.1 mag with a period near 4 hours. Thus, the Lucy target sample includes bodies with among the slowest and fastest rotation rates. Additional observations will be required to further refine the period and pole orientation for both bodies. This year's data are especially challenging due to observing at low galactic latitude. We will report on final results of this year's campaign along with our methods for removing field confusion using optimal image subtraction and photometric calibration based on the new APASS catalog (Henden et al, 2012).
AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts #48
- Pub Date:
- October 2016