Comets, asteroids and zodiacal light as seen by ISO

Thomas G. Müller, Péter Ábrahám, Jacques Crovisier

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ISO performed a large variety of observing programmes on comets, asteroids and zodiacal light-covering about 1% of the archived observations-with a surprisingly rewarding scientific return. Outstanding results were related to the exceptionally bright comet Hale-Bopp and to ISO's capability to study in detail the water spectrum in a direct way. But many other results were broadly recognised: Discovery of new molecules in comets, the studies of crystalline silicates, the work on asteroid surface mineralogy, results from thermophysical studies of asteroids, a new determination of the asteroid number density in the main-belt and last but not least, the investigations on the spatial and spectral features of the zodiacal light.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISO Science Legacy
Subtitle of host publicationA Compact Review of ISO Major Achievements
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1402038437, 9781402038433
Publication statusPublished - dec. 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Müller, T. G., Ábrahám, P., & Crovisier, J. (2005). Comets, asteroids and zodiacal light as seen by ISO. In ISO Science Legacy: A Compact Review of ISO Major Achievements (pp. 141-155). Springer Netherlands.