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, 160 (3825), 299-300

Mass of Vesta

Mass of Vesta

H G Hertz. Science.

Abstract

The asteroid 197 (Arete) approaches asteroid 4 (Vesta) within 0.04 astronomical unit once every 18 years. It may therefore be possible to determine the mass of Vesta from observations of Arete. From 72 observations a value of (1.20 +/- 0.08) x 10(-10) solar mass was derived, the indicated uncertainty being a probable error.

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