Organic matter on asteroid 130 Elektra

D. P. Cruikshank, R. H. Brown

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Infrared absorption spectra of a low-albedo water-rich asteroid appear to show a weak 3.4-micrometer carbon-hydrogen stretching mode band, which suggests the presence of hydrocarbons on asteroid 130 Elektra. The organic extract from the primitive carbonaceous chondritic Murchison meteorite shows similar spectral bands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-184
Number of pages2
Issue number4824
StatePublished - 1987

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