Spitzer Thermal Emission Spectra of Asteroids: Implications for the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems


Wednesday, July 30 2008 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Josh Emery
SETI Institute

The Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) on Spitzer has observed more than 120 asteroids, several Centaurs and Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), and satellites of the giant planets. As capabilities continue to improve, direct observations of small body populations in other systems and inter-comparisons between systems will foster significant insights into the formation and evolution of planetary systems. In this talk, Josh will present an overview of the IRS observations of small Solar System bodies, with a few representative objects highlighted for detailed discussion. 

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