...and yet it rotates!
Csaba Kiss
Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, Hungary

Rotation is one of the fundamental characteristics of asteroids that holds information on the formation, collisional and tidal evolution; can be used for shape reconstruction; and is the major source of non-gravitational phenomena affecting the structure and dynamics of minor planets. In this talk I am presenting a study that we conducted on the rotational properties of Kuiper belt objects using data from the K2 mission of the Kepler Space Telescope. Our results show that the general characteristics of the rotation of trans-Neptunian objects are remarkably different from the picture we drew from ground based data, and these new findings pose a lot of intriguing questions about the formation and evolution of objects in the outer Solar system.

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