Asteroid Family Physical Properties

2015 • 2015aste.book..323M

Authors • Masiero, J. R. • DeMeo, F. E. • Kasuga, T. • Parker, A. H.

Abstract • An asteroid family is typically formed when a larger parent body undergoes a catastrophic collisional disruption, and as such, family members are expected to show physical properties that closely trace the composition and mineralogical evolution of the parent. Recently a number of new datasets have been released that probe the physical properties of a large number of asteroids, many of which are members of identified families. We review these datasets and the composite properties of asteroid families derived from this plethora of new data. We also discuss the limitations of the current data, as well as the open questions in the field.


IPAC Authors


Joe Masiero

Associate Scientist