A survey for satellites of Venus

Scott S. Sheppard, Chadwick A. Trujillo

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We present a systematic survey for satellites of Venus using the Baade-Magellan 6.5 m telescope and IMACS wide-field CCD imager at Las Campanas observatory in Chile. In the outer portions of the Hill sphere the search was sensitive to a limiting red magnitude of about 20.4, which corresponds to satellites with radii of a few hundred meters when assuming an albedo of 0.1. In the very inner portions of the Hill sphere scattered light from Venus limited the detection to satellites of about a kilometer or larger. Although several main belt asteroids were found, no satellites (moons) of Venus were detected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Irregular satellites
  • Planetary formation
  • Satellites
  • Venus
  • general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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