Motion of a Meteoroid Released from an Asteroid
Evidence of asteroid surface features as regolith grains and larger boulders implies resurfacing possibility due to external forces such as gravitational tidal force during close planet encounters. Motion of a meteoroid released from an asteroid in the gravitational fields of the asteroid and the Earth is modeled. We are interested mainly in a distance between the meteoroid and the asteroid as a function of the time. Applications to Itokawa and some close approaching NEAs are presented.
KeywordsAsteroid Meteoroid release Tidal force Itokawa Interplanetary dust particles
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This work was supported by VEGA—the Slovak Grant Agency for Science (grant No. 1/3067/06 and 1/3074/06) and by Comenius University grant UK/379/2007. Authors are thankful to prof. Frans J. Rietmeijer for valuable suggestions and to reviewers for useful comments.
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