X

2 sin

and a\=2.1 AU, ei=0.82, and i\=A° and the subscript 2 denotes a near-Earth object's orbit. The criterion (2) is a modified Southworth & Hawkins' [17] criterion of orbital similarity as applied to the membership for the Taurid complex.

Among 536 near-Earth asteroids known by August 8, 1998 we find 17 whose orbits satisfy the criterion (2). Data for these NEAs are given in Table 1, where a is semi-major axis, e is the eccentricity, q is the perihelion distance, i is the inclination to the ecliptic, Q is the longitude of the ascending node, (0 is the argument of perihelion, H is the absolute magnitude and d the equivalent diameter, calculated using the expression [18,19]:

The candidates for comet origin should be dark asteroids of C,P and D-types of low albedos in the range of 0.02 to 0.08. The values of d in Table 1 are given for an assumed albedo p=0.08. Ra and Rj are the radius-vector of the ascending and descending nodes respectively.

Table 1

Near-Earth Asteroids of the Taurid Complex

Near-Earth Asteroids of the Taurid Complex

Table 1

Asteroid

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