THE NEOWISE-DISCOVERED COMET POPULATION and the CO + CO2 PRODUCTION RATES

James M. Bauer, Rachel Stevenson, Emily Kramer, A. K. Mainzer, Tommy Grav, Joseph R. Masiero, Yan R. Fernández, Roc M. Cutri, John W. Dailey, Frank J. Masci, Karen J. Meech, Russel Walker, C. M. Lisse, Paul R. Weissman, Carrie R. Nugent, Sarah Sonnett, Nathan Blair, Andrew Lucas, Robert S. McMillan, Edward L. Wright

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Abstract

The 163 comets observed during the WISE/NEOWISE prime mission represent the largest infrared survey to date of comets, providing constraints on dust, nucleus size, and CO + CO2 production. We present detailed analyses of the WISE/NEOWISE comet discoveries, and discuss observations of the active comets showing 4.6 μm band excess. We find a possible relation between dust and CO + CO2 production, as well as possible differences in the sizes of long and short period comet nuclei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number85
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume814
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Keywords

  • comets: general
  • infrared: planetary systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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