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5-14 μm Spitzer spectra of Themis family asteroids
Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012)
  • J. Licandro
  • K. Hargrove
  • M. Kelley
  • H. Campins
  • Julie Ziffer, University of Southern Maine
  • V. Ali-Lagoa
  • Y. Frenandez
  • A. Rivkin

The Themis collisional family is one of the largest and best established families in the main belt. Composed of primitive asteroids, there is evidence that water is likely present in a large fraction of its members, either in aqueously altered silicates or in water ice reservoirs. The study of the abundance of water in the outer asteroid belt is important as it may be linked to the origin of Earth's water. Studying the Themis family can also help to constrain the compositional and thermal environment in the region of the solar nebula where these asteroids formed.

  • minor planets,
  • asteroids,
  • Themis
Publication Date
January, 2012
Publisher Statement
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201118142
Citation Information
J. Licandro, K. Hargrove, M. Kelley, H. Campins, et al.. "5-14 μm Spitzer spectra of Themis family asteroids" Astronomy and Astrophysics Vol. 537 (2012)
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