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Expected shape distribution of asteroids obtained from laboratory impact experiments

Naturevolume 272pages602603 (1978) | Download Citation

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MANY asteroids are known to have irregular shapes from their periodical light curves. These irregularities in shape are thought to be due to destruction in asteroidal collisions which occur at a mean relative velocity of 5kms−1. None of these asteroids has been directly pictured and the actual shape distribution of them is unknown. We examine here the shape of the fragments produced in laboratory high-velocity impact experiments between two solid bodies, and we find that the obtained shape distribution may be applied to asteroids of radius less than a few km.

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    • GORO KAMIMOTO

    Present address: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aichi institute of Technology, Toyoda, Aichi, Japan

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  1. Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

    • AKIRA FUJIWARA
  2. Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

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    •  & AKIMASA TSUKAMOTO

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