The Mexican Asteroid Photometry Campaigns: Aiming for Asteroids' Rotation Periods

W. J. Schuster, S. A. Ayala-Gómez, A. Avilés, M. E. Contreras, S. A.R. Haro-Corzo, P. A. Loera-González, S. Navarro-Meza, L. Olgun, E. Pérez-Tijerina, M. Reyes-Ruiz, J. C. Saucedo, J. Segura-Sosa, P. A. Valdés-Sada, I. L. Fuentes-Carrera, C. Chávez-Pech, M. Rodrguez-Martnez, R. Vázquez

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Thousands of new asteroids are discovered every year and the rate of discovery is by far larger than the determination rate of their physical properties. In 2015 a group of researchers and students of several Mexican institutions have established an observational program to study asteroids photometrically. The program, named Mexican Asteroid Photometry Campaign, is aiming to derive rotation periods of asteroids based on optical photometric observations. Since then four campaigns have been carried out. The results obtained throughout these campaigns, as well as future work, are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberA30
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
WJS gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, grant DGAPA-PAPIIT, project IN100918. M.E.C. acknowledges financial support from CONACyT Fellowship C-841/2018 (México). IRAF is distributed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. Collaborative Asteroids Lightcurve Link (CALL) can be accessed at call.html. Asteroid Lightcurve Photometry Database (ALCDEF) can be accessed at

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© International Astronomical Union 2020.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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