Lect1 (08-25-09) - Welcome to Asteroids, Comets and...

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Welcome to Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites Expected background: AST2002 Intro. Astron. AST3110 Solar System Suggested reading to strengthen background: Meteorites and the Origin of Planets by J.A. Wood ( I will put it on reserve at the main library) Dr. Britt’s lectures in AST 3110 The most relevant lectures are asteroids, asteroid mineralogy, and comets (he will post them, I’ll let you know when)
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Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites Some particularly important subjects for the first part of the course : Isotopic abundances in minerals Elemental abundances in the solar system Radioactive dating of rocks Igneous processes (melting and crystallization) and minerals Metamorphic processes Orbital elements and resonances
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Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites First Assignment: Read Ch. of Asteroids III by Burbine et al. (due Thurs. Aug. 27, in the course website it is called part5.chap6.pdf) First two or three lectures: A. Intro to Asteroids and Comets B. Intro to Meteorites
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Asteroids, comets and meteorites are the smallest members of the solar system All these objects tell us much about how the rest of the solar sytem formed Hazards: asteroids and comets have collided with Earth and will do so again INTRODUCTION
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Asteroids I. Definition II. Locations III. Orbital Dynamics i. Resonances ii. Families IV. Composition and Distribution V. Collisional Evolution VI. Structure
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Asteroids Visited by Spacecraft 25143 Itokawa
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25143 Itokawa Asteroids visited by spacecraft 2867 Steins (Visited by ESA’s Rosetta Sept. 6, 2008)
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Asteroids Visited by Spacecraft 25143 Itokawa, visited by the Hayabusa spacecraft in late 2005 Dimensions: 535 × 294 × 209 m
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Some asteroids have satellites Ida and Dactyl What can we measure in binary asteroids that is almost impossible in others?
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I. Asteroids are.
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2009 for the course AST 4142 taught by Professor Campins during the Fall '09 term at University of Central Florida.

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Lect1 (08-25-09) - Welcome to Asteroids, Comets and...

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