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NEOWISE: searching the infrared sky for asteroids and comets

Physics/Astro Auditorium

Joe Masiero (NASA/JPL)

November 17, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) is undertaking an all-sky thermal infrared survey to both discover new near-Earth asteroids and comets, and characterize previously known NEOs. NEOWISE provides simultaneous imaging at 3.4 and 4.6 microns, measuring the thermal emission from NEOs and allowing their diameters
to be computed. I will give an overview of the NEOWISE mission, and present some recent results from this dataset.