Early evolution of disrupted asteroid P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS)

12 Jul 2016 Moreno Fernando Licandro Javier Cabrera-Lavers Antonio Pozuelos Francisco J.

We present deep imaging observations of activated asteroid P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS) using the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) from late April to early June 2016. The images are best interpreted as the result of a relatively short-duration event with onset about $\mathop{350}_{-30}^{+10}$ days before perihelion (i.e., around 10th February, 2016), starting sharply and decreasing with a $\mathop{24}_{-7}^{+10}$ days (Half-width at half-maximum, HWHM)... (read more)

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