(20882) 2000 VH57: AN INNER MAIN-BELT BINARY ASTEROID

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CCD photometric observations of the inner main-belt asteroid (20882) 2000 VH57 were made from 2018 Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. Analysis of the data showed that the asteroid is binary with a primary rotational period of 2.5586 hr and a satellite orbital period of 32.81 hr. Mutual eclipse/occultation events indicate a lower limit on the secondary-to-primary mean diameter ratio (Ds/Dp) of 0.23. During the period of observations, the primary and secondary lightcurves evolved as the viewing aspect changed. In particular, the depth of the secondary event increased significantly towards the end of the observations.

(31345) 1998 PG: A BINARY NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID?

(31345) 1998 PG: A BINARY NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID?

Photometric observations of the near-Earth asteroid (31345) 1998 PG by Pravec et al. (2000) found a rotation period of 2.51620 h. Also found was a secondary period of 7.0035 h, or the double-period of 14.007 h, possibly indicating an additional body in the system.

An extended campaign by the authors in 2018 lead to a similar primary period of 2.5168 h. However, instead of a 7-hour secondary period, one of about 16 hours was found with the lightcurve showing apparent mutual events (occultations and/or eclipses).