Small and Nearby NEOs Observed by NEOWISE during the First Three Years of Survey: Physical Properties

Joseph R. Masiero, E. Redwing, A. K. Mainzer, J. M. Bauer, R. M. Cutri, T. Grav, E. Kramer, C. R. Nugent, S. Sonnett, E. L. Wright

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Automated asteroid detection routines set requirements on the number of detections, signal-to-noise ratio, and the linearity of the expected motion in order to balance completeness, reliability, and time delay after data acquisition when identifying moving object tracklets. However, when the full-frame data from a survey are archived, they can be searched later for asteroids that were below the initial detection thresholds. We have conducted such a search of the first three years of the reactivated Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer data, looking for near-Earth objects discovered by ground-based surveys that have previously unreported thermal infrared data. Using these measurements, we can then perform thermal modeling to measure the diameters and albedos of these objects. We present new physical properties for 116 Near-Earth Objects found in this search.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number60
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • asteroids: general
  • minor planets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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