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Radar and Optical Observations of Asteroid 1998 KY26

Science  23 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5427, pp. 557-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5427.557

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Abstract

Observations of near-Earth asteroid 1998 KY26 shortly after its discovery reveal a slightly elongated spheroid with a diameter of about 30 meters, a composition analogous to carbonaceous chondritic meteorites, and a rotation period of 10.7 minutes, which is an order of magnitude shorter than that measured for any other solar system object. The rotation is too rapid for 1998 KY26 to consist of multiple components bound together just by their mutual gravitational attraction. This monolithic object probably is a fragment derived from cratering or collisional destruction of a much larger asteroid.

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