2060 Chiron: Visual and thermal infrared observations

Larry A. Lebofsky, David J. Tholen, George H. Rieke, Marcia J. Lebofsky

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Five-color (λλ = 0.36-0.85 μm) and thermal infrared (λ = 22.5 μm) photometric observations of the unusual asteroid 2060 Chiron were made. Between 0.36 and 0.85 μm, Chiron's reflectance spectrum is similar to those of C-class asteroids as well as Saturn's satellite Phoebe. However, the thermal IR measurements imply an albedo ≥0.05 (i.e., a diameter ≤250 km at the level 2σ level) that is probably higher than those of C-class asteroids or Phoebe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-537
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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