Infrared photometry of periodic comets Encke, Chernykh, Kearns-Kwee, Stephan-Oterma, and Tuttle

Humberto Campins, George H. Rieke, M. J. Lebofsky

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Abstract

Nearly simultaneous photometry of the reflected and thermal infrared spectra of periodic comets Encke, Chernykh, Kearns-Kwee, Stephan-Oterma, and Tuttle are presented. The 10-μm, silicate emission feature has been detected for the first time in periodic comets and was observed in three of these objects. The albedo of the dust particles in the comae of these comets is calculted and compared to that of Comet Kohoutek. The peculiar behavior of the dust in Comet Encke is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-465
Number of pages5
JournalIcarus
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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