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Aubrey RichardsProfessor BurtwellJuly 29, 2020Determining Asteroid Properties LabPre-Lab QuestionsA.Several factors can impact the brightness of an asteroid. This involves the size anddistance determined in relative size from the observer, the asteroid period, the asteroidform and the asteroid albedo.B.If the light of the Sun shines on an object, it absorbs the apparent light from its back. Theasteroid receives some of the Sun's energy and then releases it as infrared.C.Like the moon, we will see a sky circling stages of a comet. The orientation depends onthe Moon, the sun and the reflection of the surface layer.D.Asteroids are influenced because of the opposition impact of the Earth's location in anasteroid. The planet appears darkest if the world, the sun and a comet are positioned indirect contrast to and near to the surface. Hard shaded surfaces will now be mirrored.E.The asteroid's rotation can impact its luminosity. We will see a distinct surface regionover time as it rotated on its axis. In fact, certain parts of the earth may be rougher andexpressed less.

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