[PPS07-24] YORP Effect on Asteroid Ryugu
Keywords:Asteroid, Ryugu, YORP effect
We conducted a numerical simulation of the YORP effect on asteroid Ryugu based on the orbit, the spin state and the 3-dimensional shape as revealed by Hayabusa2. Given a polyhedral shape model of 49,152 surface facets constructed by the stereo-photoclinometry (SPC), we computed the net torque on Ryugu to change the rotation period and the spin pole direction. As a result, Ryugu is currently decreasing the spin rate (spinning down) in the so-called YORP time scale of 1.2 million years. On the other hand, the obliquity of Ryugu, that is, the tilt angle of the spin pole is increasing toward the obliquity of 180 degrees. The attached figure shows the obliquity dependence of the YORP effect on Ryugu. The solid and dashed curves represent the rate of change of the obliquity and the spin rate of Ryugu. Note that the obliquity curve has the asymptotic nodes where the spin pole becomes stabilized at 0, 90 and 180 degrees. For Ryugu, there are thresholds around the obliquity of 36 and 144 degrees which determine the subsequent evolution of the spin state. The vertical dotted line at the obliquity of 172 degrees denotes the current value of Ryugu, where the spin rate is decreasing and the spin pole approaches an obliquity perpendicular to the orbital plane.
Moreover, we surveyed various initial spin states and confirmed that only limited combinations of the initial period and obliquity could reach the current spin state of Ryugu. The time scale of the spin evolution was at most 2.3 million years, which is shorter than the surface age of approximately 9 million years (Sugita et al., 2019). This study indicates that Ryugu experienced a disturbance of the spin state such as impact cratering or an Earth flyby at least in this few million years.