JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-PS Planetary Sciences

[P-PS02] [EE] Small Bodies: Exploration of the Asteroid Belt and the Solar System at Large

Sun. May 21, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 103 (International Conference Hall 1F)

convener:eleonora ammannito(University of California Los Angeles), Taishi Nakamoto(Tokyo Institute of Technology), Masanao Abe(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Christopher T Russell(University of California Los Angeles), Sei-ichiro WATANABE(Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University), Chairperson:Sei-ichiro Watanabe(Nagoya University)

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

[PPS02-12] Thermal Modeling of Comet-Like Asteroids from Infrared Observations with AKARI

*Yoonsoo Park Bach1, MASATERU ISHIGURO1, Fumihiko Usui2 (1.Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, 2.Center for Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University)

Keywords:thermal modeling, asteroids

Since thermal inertia is considered as a direct measure of the bodies’ surface characteristics and even particle size distrubution, it is of great importance to many scientists. From recent studies on small bodies, it has been suggested that their thermal inertias decrease with their sizes and spin rates. These relationships, however, are constructed only for asteroids and not for comet-like objects. AKARI satellite of JAXA successfully made spectroscopic observations for two of those comet-like targets, 107P/ (4015) Wilson-Harrington, which once showed cometary activity, and P/2006 HR30 (Siding Spring), which is a bare cometary nucleus. We investigated the physical characteristics of the targets using simple thermo-physical model and found geometric albedo of 0.040-0.060 (size of 3.6-4.4 km) and 0.035-0.050 (size of 23-27 km), respectively. For (4015) Wilson-Harrington, the thermal inertia is preferably less than 250 J m-2 K-1 s-0.5. It is also found that the pole orientation of P/2006 HR30 would exist near the ecliptic plane (the latitude between -40 and +70 deg). The best-fit thermal inertia can vary within certain degree depending on model assumptions. On the other hand, the geometric albedos, i.e., diameters, are confined to very narrow range for both targets as described above, and the values coincide well with previous studies ((4015) Wilson-Harrington) or an expectation for a cometary nucleus (P/2006 HR30). We discuss about the implications of the findings and future directions of thermal modeling of comet-like objects in the presentation.