Yarkovsky effect


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Yar·kov·sky effect

 (yär-kôv′skē)
n.
The anisotropic emission of light from very small solar system bodies, whose photons often carry away enough momentum to alter the orbits of the bodies.
References in periodicals archive ?
OSIRIS-REx also will study the Yarkovsky effect, a non-gravitational force affecting the orbit of this potentially hazardous asteroid, and provide the first direct measurements for telescopic observations of this type of asteroids.
org/wiki/Yarkovsky_effect) something called the Yarkovsky effect , which is when warmth from the sun changes the orbit of a rotating object in space.
A phenomenon called the Yarkovsky Effect may affect asteroid orbits.
Scientists think this principle, called the Yarkovsky effect, could be altered by painting an asteroid a less heat-absorbing color like white to alter its natural orbit.
They cannot predict if the asteroid will hit earth because of what is known as the Yarkovsky effect - the way the asteroid reflects sunlight - which can have a major influence on its orbit.
Named for the engineer who discovered the phenomenon a century ago, the Yarkovsky effect stems from the way a spinning asteroid absorbs and reradiates solar energy.
This is called the Yarkovsky Effect, after the engineer who first identified it.
The Yarkovsky effect, caused by sunlight on asteroids, will introduce disturbance, creating "orbital uncertainty.
Named for the Russian engineer who discovered it a century ago, the Yarkovsky effect results from the way a spinning asteroid absorbs and reradiates solar energy.
The Yarkovsky effect happens simply because it takes time for things to heat up and cool down.
Known as the Yarkovsky effect, the heating and cooling cycle of a small body as it rotates and as its distance from the Sun changes can instigate long-term changes to the asteroid's orbit.