Thermal Tomography of Asteroid Surface Structure

@article{Harris2016ThermalTO,
  title={Thermal Tomography of Asteroid Surface Structure},
  author={A. Harris and L. Drube},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={832},
  pages={127}
}
  • A. Harris, L. Drube
  • Published 2016
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Knowledge of the surface thermal inertia of an asteroid can provide insight into its surface structure: porous material has a lower thermal inertia than rock. We develop a means to estimate thermal inertia values of asteroids and use it to show that thermal inertia appears to increase with spin period in the case of main-belt asteroids (MBAs). Similar behavior is found on the basis of thermophysical modeling for near-Earth objects (NEOs). We interpret our results in terms of rapidly increasing… CONTINUE READING

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