Earth orbiting objects observed by the infrared astronomical satellite

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Title:
Earth orbiting objects observed by the infrared astronomical satellite
Author:
Dow, Kimberly Lynn, 1963-
Issue Date:
1992
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
A systematic search (Dow and Sykes 1988) for cometary dust trails in the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) Sky Brightness Images (1988) resulted in the discovery of 466 sources (Dow et al. 1990) that are not in the IRAS Point Source Catalog (Version 2 1988) or in the IRAS Small Scale Structure Catalog (1988). Nearly all of the sources that were found are best explained as artificial satellites or pieces of Earth orbiting debris. This study addresses two questions. To what degrees have the Sky Brightness Images been contaminated by orbital debris? Second, can valuable information concerning the thermal characteristics of these sources be obtained by suitably analyzing IRAS data? Fifty-four sources, covering a range of positions and observed fluxes, were selected from the main sample to determine their angular motion, flux density and color temperature distributions. Four of these objects were correlated with known artificial satellites. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Engineering, Aerospace.; Engineering, Mechanical.; Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Astronomy
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Low, Frank

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleEarth orbiting objects observed by the infrared astronomical satelliteen_US
dc.creatorDow, Kimberly Lynn, 1963-en_US
dc.contributor.authorDow, Kimberly Lynn, 1963-en_US
dc.date.issued1992en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractA systematic search (Dow and Sykes 1988) for cometary dust trails in the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) Sky Brightness Images (1988) resulted in the discovery of 466 sources (Dow et al. 1990) that are not in the IRAS Point Source Catalog (Version 2 1988) or in the IRAS Small Scale Structure Catalog (1988). Nearly all of the sources that were found are best explained as artificial satellites or pieces of Earth orbiting debris. This study addresses two questions. To what degrees have the Sky Brightness Images been contaminated by orbital debris? Second, can valuable information concerning the thermal characteristics of these sources be obtained by suitably analyzing IRAS data? Fifty-four sources, covering a range of positions and observed fluxes, were selected from the main sample to determine their angular motion, flux density and color temperature distributions. Four of these objects were correlated with known artificial satellites. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectEngineering, Aerospace.en_US
dc.subjectEngineering, Mechanical.en_US
dc.subjectPhysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAstronomyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLow, Franken_US
dc.identifier.proquest1349112en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b25494417en_US
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