SpitzerNEOs - Diameters and Albedos for 2132 Near-Earth Objects
Astronomy Near-Earth Asteroids Asteroid Physical Properties Asteroid Thermal Modeling Spitzer Space Telescope
Ever since the early days of my PhD thesis, I have been involved in the thermal modeling of thermal-infrared observations of near-Earth objects and other asteroids. Such asteroid thermal models simulate the surface temperature distributions of asteroids utilizing some simplifying assumptions and enabling the estimation of physical properties like size and albedo.
In the framework of several large-scale Spitzer Space Telescope observing programs, we have observed more than 2000 near-Earth objects and measured their thermal emission to constrain their diameters and albedos. Now that Spitzer has officially retired, we have finalized our observations and analysis, and compiled all of our results in one large data set. This compilation comprises 2204 diameter and geometric albedo estimates for 2132 different near-Earth objects - the largest homogeneous data set of its kind for this population. The results of these efforts are available GitHub.