Angelo Tomassini, Maurizio Scardella, Francesco Franceschini
Associazione Tuscolana di Astronomia (D06)
F. Fuligni Observatory
Via Lazio, 14 – località Pratoni del Vivaro – 00040
Rocca di Papa (RM) – ITALY
The inner main-belt asteroid (3677) Magnusson has been observed over several nights in the late 2018 summer in order to determine its synodic rotation period
and amplitude. Lightcurve analysis shows a synodic period P = 7.90 ± 0.01 h with an amplitude A = 0.89 mag.
The main-belt asteroid 3677 Magnusson has been selected from the listing of “Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities” July-September (Warner, 2018). This asteroid, belonging to the Flora family, has been discovered by Edward Bowell in 1984 and is named in honor of Per Magnusson, a planetary astronomer at
Uppsala Observatory. All the observations were carried out from F. Fuligni Observatory, using a 0.35-m f/10 Advanced Coma Free telescope and SBIG ST8-XE CCD camera with Bessel R filter and from Franceschini’s equipment using a 9.25″ f/6.3 reflector telescope equipped with Atik 314L- CCD camera with Astrodon R
filter. All images were calibrated with dark frames. Differential photometry and period analysis was done using MPO Canopus (Warner, 2012).
The derived synodic period was P = 7.90 ± 0.01 h (Fig.1) with an amplitude of A = 0.89 mag.
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Figure 1.The lightcurve of (3677) Magnusson with a period of 7.90 ± 0.01 h and an amplitude of 0.89 mag.