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We present an update to the first white-light detections of a dust trail observed closely following the orbit of asteroid (3200) Phaethon, as seen by the Wide-field Imager for the Parker Solar Probe instrument on the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission. Here, we provide a summary and analysis of observations of the dust trail over nine separate mission encounters between 2018 October and 2021 August that saw the spacecraft approach to within 0.0277 au of the orbit of Phaethon. We find the photometric and estimated dust mass prop ...
Published by: \apj Published on: sep
YEAR: 2022   DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac83b5
We present the identification and preliminary analysis of a dust trail following the orbit of (3200) Phaethon as seen in white-light images recorded by the Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument on the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. During PSP\textquoterights first solar encounter in 2018 November, a dust trail following Phaethon\textquoterights orbit was visible for several days and crossing two fields of view. Preliminary analyses indicate this trail to have a visual magnitude of 15.8 \textp ...
Published by: The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Published on: 02/2020
YEAR: 2020   DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/ab6c68