Mass and density of the B-type asteroid (702) Alauda
- Author(s): Rojo, P
- Margot, JL
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/727/2/69
Observations with the adaptive optics system on the Very Large Telescope reveal that the outer main belt asteroid (702) Alauda has a small satellite with primary to secondary diameter ratio of ∼56. The secondary revolves around the primary in 4.9143 ± 0.007 days at a distance of 1227 ± 24 km, yielding a total system mass of (6.057 ± 0.36) x 1018kg. Combined with an IRAS size measurement, our data yield a bulk density of 1570 ± 500 kg m-3for this B-type asteroid. © 2011. The American Astronomical Society.