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See detailTRAPPIST monitoring of comet C/2012 F6 (Lemmon)
Opitom, Cyrielle ULiege; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; Manfroid, Jean ULiege et al

Poster (2014, April)

C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) is a long period comet discovered by the Mount Lemmon Survey on 2012 March 23 at 5 AU from the sun. C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) reached perihelion on March 23, 2013 at 0.73 AU from the sun. In ... [more ▼]

C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) is a long period comet discovered by the Mount Lemmon Survey on 2012 March 23 at 5 AU from the sun. C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) reached perihelion on March 23, 2013 at 0.73 AU from the sun. In December 2012 the comet was unexpectedly bright, allowing us to make an extensive monitoring during several months with both broadband and narrowband filters to follow the evolution of the comet chemical composition. The monitoring was made with TRAPPIST robotic telescope installed at La Silla observatory [1]. TRAPPIST is a 60-cm telescope dedicated to the study of exoplanets and small bodies in the solar system. The telescope is equipped with a 2Kx2K FLI Proline CCD camera very sensitive in the blue and the red. A set of narrowband cometary filters designed by the NASA for the Hale-Bopp Observing Campaign [2] is permanently mounted on the telescope along with classic Johnson-Cousins B, V, Rc, and Ic filters. We observed the comet from December 11, 2012 to March 4, 2013 (pre-perihelion) and from April 29, 2013 to June 11, 2013 (post-perihelion). At least 2 or 3 observing runs per week were programmed during this period. We collected 1358 images on 52 nights. In January and February the comet visibility allowed us to make several long runs and to detect the comet rotational variability. From the comet images in narrowband filters we studied the gaseous coma chemical composition and activity by deriving OH, NH, CN, C2 and C3 production rates using a classical Haser model [3]. The production and properties of the dust component were studied through the observation of C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) with narrowband continuum filters at 344.2 nm (UC), 444.9 nm (BC), 525.7 nm (GC) and 713.0 nm (RC). We used A(θ)fρ [4] parameter as a proxy for the dust production. [less ▲]

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde - 03/2014
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2014)

De la vapeur d’eau autour de Cérès; La Nébuleuse de la Lagune; Le réveil de Rosetta; Planètes de M67; Une supernova dans M82

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See detailSupernovae proches
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailToward a Unique Nitrogen Isotopic Ratio in Cometary Ices
Rousselot, Philippe; Pirali, Olivier; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Astrophysical Journal Letters (2014), 780

Determination of the nitrogen isotopic ratios in different bodies of the solar system provides important information regarding the solar system's origin. We unambiguously identified emission lines in ... [more ▼]

Determination of the nitrogen isotopic ratios in different bodies of the solar system provides important information regarding the solar system's origin. We unambiguously identified emission lines in comets due to the [SUP]15[/SUP]NH[SUB]2[/SUB] radical produced by the photodissociation of [SUP]15[/SUP]NH[SUB]3[/SUB]. Analysis of our data has permitted us to measure the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N isotopic ratio in comets for a molecule carrying the amine (-NH) functional group. This ratio, within the error, appears similar to that measured in comets in the HCN molecule and the CN radical, and lower than the protosolar value, suggesting that N[SUB]2[/SUB] and NH[SUB]3[/SUB] result from the separation of nitrogen into two distinct reservoirs in the solar nebula. This ratio also appears similar to that measured in Titan's atmospheric N[SUB]2[/SUB], supporting the hypothesis that, if the latter is representative of its primordial value in NH[SUB]3[/SUB], these bodies were assembled from building blocks sharing a common formation location. [less ▲]

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde - 01/2014
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2014)

Sgr A*; Géant cosmique; Pénitents d’Europe; Pulsars milliseconde; Poussières lunaires; Trous noirs intermédiaires; Rosetta; Visiteurs vers Mars; Géologie martienne; Mars et les astéroïdes; Lac martien

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See detailISON, la déception
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

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See detailBook review : Meeting Venus
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2014)

A collection of papers presented at the Venus Transit Conference in Tromso 2012

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde - 02/2014
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2014)

Gaia; GRBs et trous noirs; Champ magnétique à la surface d’une Mira; L’astéroïde 2014AA; SN 1987A; Azote cométaire; Fomalhaut; Étoiles multiples; Spirales; Pourquoi y a-t-il des étoiles massives ... [more ▼]

Gaia; GRBs et trous noirs; Champ magnétique à la surface d’une Mira; L’astéroïde 2014AA; SN 1987A; Azote cométaire; Fomalhaut; Étoiles multiples; Spirales; Pourquoi y a-t-il des étoiles massives ?; Nébuleuse du Crabe; Un pulsar et deux naines blanches [less ▲]

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See detailContinued activity in P/2013 P5 PANSTARRS - The comet that should not be
Hainaut, O. R.; Boehnhardt, H.; Snodgrass, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014)

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See detailThe tumbling spin state of (99942) Apophis
Pravec, P; Scheirich, P; Ďurech, J et al

in Icarus (2014), 233

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See detailHerschel observations of gas and dust in comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) at 5 AU from the Sun
de Val-Borro, M; Bockelée-Morvan, D; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 564

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See detailA ring system detected around the Centaur (10199) Chariklo
Braga-Ribas; Sicardy; Ortiz et al

in Nature (2014)

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde - 12
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2013)

ISON; (3200) Phaéton; Titan, lacs et hydrocarbures;Titan et le Soleil; Jets; z8_GND_5296; La nébuleuse de la Crevette; Planète isolée; Nébuleuse Toby Jug; Le pulsar du Crabe; Le bulbe de la Voie lactée ... [more ▼]

ISON; (3200) Phaéton; Titan, lacs et hydrocarbures;Titan et le Soleil; Jets; z8_GND_5296; La nébuleuse de la Crevette; Planète isolée; Nébuleuse Toby Jug; Le pulsar du Crabe; Le bulbe de la Voie lactée; ALMA au grand complet; APEX, ArTéMiS; Sgr A*; Première détection de l’acétate de méthyle dans l’espace [less ▲]

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See detailNonthermal O(1S) and O(1D) populations in cometary atmospheres
Hubert, Benoît ULiege; Bisikalo, D.V.; Shematovich, V.I. et al

Conference (2013, December)

Recent developments in the field of cometary science have motivated many studies dealing with the nucleus composition and mineralogy, and also with the photochemistry of the coma. In particular, ground ... [more ▼]

Recent developments in the field of cometary science have motivated many studies dealing with the nucleus composition and mineralogy, and also with the photochemistry of the coma. In particular, ground based observations have shown that the visible oxygen emissions at 557.7 and 630 nm, both belonging to the Rosetta-VIRTIS-M passband, present different line profiles, pointing to specific photochemical processes. In this work, we present a Monte Carlo simulation of the O(1D) and O(1S) photochemistry including photodissociation of H2O, CO2 and CO, quenching, collisional thermalization and radiative decay. The model solves Boltzmann's integro differential equation including sources and sinks, as well as a prescribed expansion velocity of the coma. The energy distribution functions (EDF's) of O(1S) and O(1D) are computed at cometocentric distances ranging between 10 and 5000 km. We find that the EDF's of both O(1D) and O(1S) are strongly nonthermal, up to a degree that sharply varies with cometocentric distance, as thermalization is less efficient when the density of the dominant species is reduced. It follows that the Doppler profile of the visible radiations emitted by both species is non-gaussian in a frame of reference moving with the expanding coma. The nonthermal volume emission rate is then integrated along a set of chosen line of sights, accounting for the explicit Doppler profiles derived from the EDF's as well as the expansion motion, and the Doppler profile of the full coma is computed. It appears that most of the line width is due to the expansion motion, although the detailed line shape remains sensitive to the nonthermal nature of the EDF's. Our computation can then be compared with the line profiles observed from the ground with the UVES spectrograph mounted on the ESO-VLT. [less ▲]

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See detailComet C/2012 S1 (Ison)
Opitom, Cyrielle ULiege; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; Manfroid, Jean ULiege et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3693

CBET 3693 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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See detailComet C/2012 S1 (Ison)
Crovisier, J.; Colom, P.; Biver, N. et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3711

CBET 3711 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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See detailComet C/2012 S1 (Ison)
Lisse, C. M.; Wolk, S. J.; Christian, D. J. et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3719

CBET 3719 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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See detailStudy of the Forbidden Oxygen Lines in Comets at Different Heliocentric and Nucleocentric Distances
Decock, Alice ULiege; Rousselot, P.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

Oxygen is an important element in the chemistry of the solar system objects given its abundance and its presence in many molecules including H2O 80% of cometary ices). The analysis of oxygen atoms in ... [more ▼]

Oxygen is an important element in the chemistry of the solar system objects given its abundance and its presence in many molecules including H2O 80% of cometary ices). The analysis of oxygen atoms in comets can provide information not only on the comets themselves but also on the solar system. These atoms have been analyzed using the 3 forbidden oxygen lines [OI] observed in emission in the optical region at 5577.339 Å (the green line), 6300.304 Å and 6363.776 Å (the red lines) (Swings, 1962). Our analysis is based on a sample of 12 comets of various origins. The observing material is made of 53 high signal-to-noise spectra obtained with the high-resolution UVES spectrograph at the ESO VLT from 2002 to 2012 (Manfroid et al, 2009). After noticing that the green line is blended with one C2 line, we built synthetic spectra of C2 for each observing circumstances and we subtracted its contribution to the cometary spectra in order to ensure the decontamination of the 5577 Å line. Then, we measured the intensity of the 3 [OI] lines at different heliocentric distances. By comparing the green to red lines ratio (G/R) with the Bhardwaj & Raghuram (2012) effective excitation rates, we found that H2O is the main parent molecule when the comet is observed at 1 au. When the comet is located beyond 2.5 au from the Sun, CO2 also contributes to the production of oxygen. Studying forbidden oxygen lines could be a new way to estimate the abundances of CO2 in comets, a very difficult task from the ground (Decock et al. 2013). In order to estimate the effect of the quenching on our results, we analyzed the evolution of the G/R ratio at different nucleocentric distances. For nearby comets, we divided the extended 2D spectrum into several zones in order to analyze the oxygen lines as close as possible to the nucleus (down to ~10 km for the closest comets). Their analysis will allow us to study the link of the oxygen lines with the nucleocentric distance. We found a clear variation of the G/R ratio close to the comet nucleus that is in agreement with a contribution from CO2 as predicted by Raghuram & Bhardwaj (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailA Search For 15NH2 Emission Lines In Comets
Rousselot, Philippe; Pirali, O.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2013, October 01), 45

The determination of nitrogen isotopic ratios in solar system objects is important for a good understanding of their origin. The measurements of [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio done so far in ... [more ▼]

The determination of nitrogen isotopic ratios in solar system objects is important for a good understanding of their origin. The measurements of [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio done so far in various solar system objects and molecules have revealed a great diversity (from 50 to 441), all of them, except Jupiter, being enriched in [SUB]15[/SUB]N compared to the protosolar nebula. Different explanations have been proposed to explain this enrichement. One of them suggests that these differences reflect the different interstellar N reservoirs from which N-bearing molecules are originating (Hily-Blant et al., 2013). These authors, from observations of H[SUB]13[/SUB]CN and HC[SUB]15[/SUB]N in two prestellar cores, suggest that the molecules carrying the nitrile- (-CN) functional group would be more enriched in [SUB]15[/SUB]N than the molecules carrying the amine (-NH) functional group. Comets are interesting targets to test this theory because they contain both HCN and NH[SUP]3[/SUP] molecules. So far the [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N ratio has only been measured in CN (Arpigny et al., 2003; Manfroid et al., 2009) and HCN (Bockelée-Morvan et al., 2005, 2008) in comets, leading for both species to [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N ≈ 150. Our work aimed at measuring the [SUB]14[/SUB]N/[SUB]15[/SUB]N isotopic ratio in NH[SUP]2[/SUP], which comes from NH[SUP]3[/SUP]. We have determined accurately the wavelengths of [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines with the AILES beamline spectrometer at synchrotron SOLEIL by Fourier transform spectroscopy. The analysis of this spectrum has permitted to extract the [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines wavelengths and to search for [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] cometary emission lines. Thanks to a collection of spectra of 12 different comets obtained from 2002 to 2011 with the UVES spectrometer at the VLT ESO 8-m telescope (Manfroid et al., 2009), it has been possible to search for [SUB]15[/SUB]NH[SUP]2[/SUP] emission lines with a high sensitivity. We will present the results obtained from these data. Arpigny et al., Science, 301, 1522-1525, 2003 Bockelée-Morvan et al., in Comets II, ed. M. C. Festou, H. U. Keller, & H. A. Weaver (Tucson: Univ. Arizona Press), 391-423, 2005 Bockelée-Morvan et al., ApJ, 679, L49-L52, 2008 Hily-Blant et al., Icarus 223, 582-590, 2013 Manfroid et al., A&A, 503, 613-624, 2009 [less ▲]

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde - 10
Manfroid, Jean ULiege

Article for general public (2013)

Alignement des nébuleusesplanétaires; Jumeau solaire; HH46/47; M87; Nébuleuses du Grand Nuage; Champ magnétique galactique; Aux frontières du Système solaire; Supernova; Sgr A*; Le courant magellanique ... [more ▼]

Alignement des nébuleusesplanétaires; Jumeau solaire; HH46/47; M87; Nébuleuses du Grand Nuage; Champ magnétique galactique; Aux frontières du Système solaire; Supernova; Sgr A*; Le courant magellanique; Naines brunes; 4C12.50 [less ▲]

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