2060 Chiron: Visual and thermal infrared observations

Larry A. Lebofsky, David J. Tholen, George H. Rieke, Marcia J. Lebofsky

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Abstract

Five-color (λλ = 0.36-0.85 μm) and thermal infrared (λ = 22.5 μm) photometric observations of the unusual asteroid 2060 Chiron were made. Between 0.36 and 0.85 μm, Chiron's reflectance spectrum is similar to those of C-class asteroids as well as Saturn's satellite Phoebe. However, the thermal IR measurements imply an albedo ≥0.05 (i.e., a diameter ≤250 km at the level 2σ level) that is probably higher than those of C-class asteroids or Phoebe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-537
Number of pages6
JournalIcarus
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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Lebofsky, L. A., Tholen, D. J., Rieke, G. H., & Lebofsky, M. J. (1984). 2060 Chiron: Visual and thermal infrared observations. Icarus, 60(3), 532-537. https://doi.org/10.1016/0019-1035(84)90160-X

2060 Chiron : Visual and thermal infrared observations. / Lebofsky, Larry A.; Tholen, David J.; Rieke, George H.; Lebofsky, Marcia J.

In: Icarus, Vol. 60, No. 3, 1984, p. 532-537.

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Lebofsky, LA, Tholen, DJ, Rieke, GH & Lebofsky, MJ 1984, '2060 Chiron: Visual and thermal infrared observations', Icarus, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 532-537. https://doi.org/10.1016/0019-1035(84)90160-X
Lebofsky, Larry A. ; Tholen, David J. ; Rieke, George H. ; Lebofsky, Marcia J. / 2060 Chiron : Visual and thermal infrared observations. In: Icarus. 1984 ; Vol. 60, No. 3. pp. 532-537.
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