|The thermal lightcurve of Centaur (2060) 95P-Chiron
|pilbratt, g. l.
|Chiron is an unusual body in the Solar System. It was discovered in 1977, and is a member of what now is called the Centaur family, a class of objects whose orbits cross those of the Giant Planets. Centaurs are on unstable orbits and thought to be transition objects between trans-neptunian objects and short period comets. Chiron.s diameter is about 200 km, typical of an asteroid, however, its physical behaviour is rather cometary-like. The main goal is, by obtaining a PACS 70-160 µm lightcurve, to determine for the first time the surface albedo and thermal inertia of the surface of an active Centaur.
|Herschel was launched on 14 May 2009! It is the fourth 'cornerstone' mission in the ESA science programme. With a 3.5 m Cassegrain telescope it is the largest space telescope ever launched. It is performing photometry and spectroscopy in approximately the 55-671 µm range, bridging the gap between earlier infrared space missions and groundbased facilities.
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|European Space Agency
|European Space Agency, 2012, DDT_mustdo_3, SPG v14.2.0. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-ttl2oyt