Characterizing asteroids multiply-observed at infrared wavelengths

Seth C. Koren, Edward L. Wright, A. Mainzer

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Abstract

We report Markov chain Monte Carlo fits of the thermophysical model of Wright (Wright, E.L. [2007]. Astrophysics e-prints arXiv:astro-ph/0703058) to the fluxes of 10 asteroids which have been observed by both WISE and NEOWISE. This model is especially useful when one has observations of an asteroid at multiple epochs, as it takes advantage of the views of different local times and latitudes to determine the spin axis and the thermal parameter. Many of the asteroids NEOWISE observes will have already been imaged by WISE, so this proof of concept shows there is an opportunity to use a rotating cratered thermophysical model to determine surface thermal properties of a large number of asteroids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-91
Number of pages10
JournalIcarus
Volume258
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asteroids
  • Asteroids, rotation
  • Infrared observations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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