Congratulations, Tom, on many counts and your excellent work.=
From= : Tom PolakisPolakis
Sent: Oct 31, 2018 7:26 AM
T= o: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [AZ-Observing] Asteroid 4078 = Polakis: The Movie
About 20 years ago, my friend Brian Skiff= named one of the asteroids he
discovered at Lowell Observatory in 1= 983 after me. Minor Planet 4078
is about 12 miles in diamete= r, and takes five years to orbit the sun. Itis
currently in nearly = the opposite direction as the sun. In addition tothese
images I too= k last night, I will observe it over the next couple nights.field
I'll me= asure the variation in the asteroid's brightness, which is used to
d= etermine its rotation period and shape.
This animation of 12= 3 images shows about nine hours of motion across a
of view tha= t's roughly 11'x7'. They are all 2-minute exposures through a12
1/2= -inch telescope in Tempe. The asteroid is currently about magnitude15.4,>and varying by nearly a half magnitude as it rotates.
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