Detection of the Irregular Shape of the Southern Limb of Menoetius from Observations of the 2017-2018 Patroclus-Menoetius Mutual Events

Pinilla-Alonso, Noemí; Popescu, Marcel; Licandro, Javier; Fernández-Valenzuela, Estela; Grundy, Will M.; Duffard, Rene; Cabrera-Lavers, Antonio; Hidalgo Soto, Diego; Rizos, Juan Luis; Morate, David
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The Planetary Science Journal

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This work presents the analysis of seven mutual events of the Patroclus-Menoetius system (PMS) observed during the last season of mutual events, in 2017-2018. We compare the obtained light curves with those predicted using Grundy et al. and discuss the differences in the timing of the events and the drop of magnitude. Based on models of these observations, we present a collection of orbital parameters that provide the best fit for the observed events and compare the new solutions for the orbit of the system with solutions provided in the literature. Furthermore, we also discuss an interesting finding in the light curve of the only superior event in our collection. This light curve (the one with the best signal-to-noise ratio in our data set) shows the imprint of a possible crater in the south pole of Menoetius as deep as a fourth of its radius.
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