Low Perihelion Near-Earth Asteroids
Abbreviated Journal Title
Earth Moon Planets
Asteroids; Infrared spectra; Surface composition; Orbital dynamics; SPITZER-SPACE-TELESCOPE; THERMAL-MODEL; Astronomy & Astrophysics; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
We present initial results from a study of a sample of low-perihelion near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) using the Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The 7-14 mu m thermal emission spectra have been fitted with models of the thermal continuum to derive the asteroid's effective diameter, geometric albedo and beaming parameter eta. In this work, we concentrate on the thermal behavior and we find a trend of increasing eta (lower thermal fluxes and cooler color temperatures) with increasing solar phase angle. The slope of this trend is somewhat different from that reported for other NEAs (e.g., Delb 2004); if confirmed, this result would indicate that the thermal behavior of low-perihelion asteroids is different from that of other members of the NEA population. In addition, deviations of the observed continuum from the thermal model, which can be diagnostic of composition, are apparent in a few of our targets. A complete characterization of these intrinsically faint objects will benefit from the large ground based facilities described elsewhere in these proceedings.
Earth Moon and Planets
Article; Proceedings Paper
"Low Perihelion Near-Earth Asteroids" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1384.