Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Moving Object Catalog, we study color as a function of size for C-complex families in the main asteroid belt to improve our understanding of space weathering of carbonaceous materials. We find two distinct spectral slope trends: Hygiea type and Themis type. The Hygiea-type families exhibit a reduction in spectral slope with increasing object size until a minimum slope value is reached and the trend reverses with increasing slope with increasing object size. The Themis family shows an increase in spectral slope with increasing object size until a maximum slope is reached and the spectral slope begins to decrease slightly or plateaus for the largest objects. Most families studied show the Hygiea-type trend. The processes responsible for these distinct changes in spectral slope affect several different taxonomic classes within the C-complex and appear to act quickly to alter the spectral slopes of the family members.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2021|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science