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NEOWISE: Observations of the Irregular Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn

Grav, T. and Bauer, J. M. and Mainzer, A. K. and Masiero, J. R. and Nugent, C. R. and Cutri, R. M. and Sonnett, S. and Kramer, E. (2015) NEOWISE: Observations of the Irregular Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. Astrophysical Journal, 809 (1). Art. No. 3. ISSN 0004-637X. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20151019-104509584

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Abstract

We present thermal model fits for 11 Jovian and 3 Saturnian irregular satellites based on measurements from the WISE/NEOWISE data set. Our fits confirm spacecraft-measured diameters for the objects with in situ observations (Himalia and Phoebe) and provide diameters and albedo for 12 previously unmeasured objects, 10 Jovian and 2 Saturnian irregular satellites. The best-fit thermal model beaming parameters are comparable to what is observed for other small bodies in the outer solar system, while the visible, W1, and W2 albedos trace the taxonomic classifications previously established in the literature. Reflectance properties for the irregular satellites measured are similar to the Jovian Trojan and Hilda Populations, implying common origins.


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http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/809/1/3 DOIArticle
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AuthorORCID
Grav, T. 0000-0002-3379-0534
Masiero, J. R.0000-0003-2638-720X
Cutri, R. M.0000-0002-0077-2305
Sonnett, S.0000-0003-2762-8909
Kramer, E.0000-0003-0457-2519
Additional Information:© 2015 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2015 May 4; accepted 2015 May 27; published 2015 August 4. 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 the National 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. We gratefully acknowledge the extraordinary services specific to NEOWISE that were contributed by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, operated by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, operated by Harvard University. We also thank the worldwide community of dedicated amateur and professional astronomers devoted to minor planet follow-up observations. 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. We also thank Fredrick Pilcher, of Organ Mesa Observatory in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for providing us with the light curve data of JVI Himalia from his paper (Pilcher et al. 2012).
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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Subject Keywords:infrared: planetary systems – planets and satellites: detection – planets and satellites: fundamental parameters – surveys
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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