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ISO Observations of Comets


The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) offered us the opportunity to observe celestial bodies from 2.4 to 196 microns. A wealth of new results were obtained for comets. Spectroscopic investigations have shown band fluorescence emissions for H2O CO and CO2 and rotational line emissions for H2O. High resolution spectra of water vapor around 2.7 microns in comets C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) and 103P/Hartley 2 have permitted measurement of the water rotational temperature and ortho-to-para ratio. The thermal region of the spectra showed the signatures of cristalline Mg-rich olivine and emission features attributed to water ice. Broad band photometry of the coma allowed to investigate several properties of cometary dust such has color temperature size distribution and production rate. For several comets it was possible to separate the nuclear and coma contribution in infrared images obtained from the ISO camera. Inferences concerning the nucleus size and albedo were obtained.
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Dominique Bockelée-Morvan. ISO Observations of Comets. 2005, pp. 761. ⟨obspm-03863357⟩
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