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Preliminary Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE 3-Band Cryogenic and Post-cryogenic Observations of Main Belt Asteroids

Masiero, Joseph R. and Mainzer, A. K. and Grav, T. and Bauer, J. M. and Cutri, R. M. and Nugent, C. and Cabrera, M. S. (2012) Preliminary Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE 3-Band Cryogenic and Post-cryogenic Observations of Main Belt Asteroids. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 759 (1). Art. No. L8. ISSN 2041-8205. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20121129-135015673

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Abstract

We present preliminary diameters and albedos for 13511 Main Belt asteroids (MBAs) that were observed during the 3-Band Cryo phase of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE; after the outer cryogen tank was exhausted) and as part of the NEOWISE Post-Cryo Survey (after the inner cryogen tank was exhausted). With a reduced or complete loss of sensitivity in the two long wavelength channels of WISE, the uncertainty in our fitted diameters and albedos is increased to ~20% for diameter and ~40% for albedo. Diameter fits using only the 3.4 and 4.6 μm channels are shown to be dependent on the literature optical H absolute magnitudes. These data allow us to increase the number of size estimates for large MBAs which have been identified as members of dynamical families. We present thermal fits for 14 asteroids previously identified as the parents of a dynamical family that were not observed during the fully cryogenic mission.


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Masiero, Joseph R.0000-0003-2638-720X
Grav, T. 0000-0002-3379-0534
Cutri, R. M.0000-0002-0077-2305
Additional Information:© 2012 American Astronomical Society. Received 2012 August 8; accepted 2012 September 25; published 2012 October 10. J.R.M. was supported by an appointment to the NASA Postdoctoral Program at JPL, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities through a contract with NASA. We thank the anonymous referee for their helpful comments. This publication makes use of data products from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ California Institute of Technology, funded by theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration. This publication also makes use of data products from NEOWISE, which is a project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the Planetary Science Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Subject Keywords:minor planets; asteroids: general
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Official Citation:Preliminary Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE 3-Band Cryogenic and Post-cryogenic Observations of Main Belt Asteroids Joseph R. Masiero et al. 2012 ApJ 759 L8
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