Thermal modeling of Halley's comet

Advances in Space Research
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The comet thermal model of Weissman and Kieffer is used to calculate gas production rates and other parameters for the 1986 perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. Gas production estimates are very close to revised pre-perihelion estimates by Newburn based on 1910 observations of Halley; the increase in observed gas production post-perihelion may be explained by a variety of factors. The energy contribution from multiply scattered sunlight and thermal emission by coma dust increases the total energy reaching the Halley nucleus at perihelion by a factor of 2.4. The high obliquity of the Halley nucleus found by Sekanina and Larson may help to explain the asymmetry in Halley's gas production rates around perihelion. ?? 1984.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Thermal modeling of Halley's comet
Series title Advances in Space Research
DOI 10.1016/0273-1177(84)90032-2
Volume 4
Issue 9
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Advances in Space Research
First page 221
Last page 224
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