PTYS/LPL Faculty

Joseph Spitale
Joseph Spitale
Lecturer (Adjunct)
Rings, dynamics
Ph.D., 2001, University of Arizona

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520-626-8596


Years with LPL:  2011-present

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Spitale is currently carrying out research campaigns with the objective of understanding the processes that shape Saturn's rings. As an associate of the Cassini imaging team, he uses spacecraft imaging and occultation observations to analyze the configurations of various ring features in order to compare them with dynamical models that allow the ring's properties to be inferred. Dr. Spitale is also a participating scientist on the Cassini imaging team and in that capacity is investigating the timing of jet eruptions from the south-polar terrain of Enceladus.

Other research interests include: Asteroid thermal modeling and orbital evolution, asteroid hazard mitigation.

CV for Dr. Spitale (PDF)

CURRENT SPACECRAFT INVOLVEMENT

Cassini (Imaging Team Associate and Participating Scientist)

FORMER SPACECRAFT INVOLVEMENT

Galileo (Imaging Team Associate)

ADS PUBLICATIONS SEARCH

NASA ADS Author search: Joseph N. Spitale

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Hahn, J. M., Spitale, J. N. An N-body Integrator for Gravitating Planetary Rings, and the Outer Edge of Saturn's B Ring 2013ApJ...772..122H

Mitchell, C. J., et al. The behavior of spokes in Saturn's B ring 2013Icar..225..446M

Hurford, T. A., Helfenstein, P., Spitale, J. N. Tidal control of jet eruptions on Enceladus as observed by Cassini ISS between 2005 and 2007 2012Icar..220..896H

Lorenz, R. D., et al. Ice rafts not sails: Floating the rocks at Racetrack Playa 2011AmJPh..79...37L

Spitale, J. N., Porco, C. C. Detection of Free Unstable Modes and Massive Bodies in Saturn's Outer B Ring 2010AJ....140.1747S

Spitale, J. N., Porco, C. C. Time Variability in the Outer Edge of Saturn's A-Ring Revealed by Cassini Imaging 2009AJ....138.1520S

Hahn, J. M., Spitale, J. N., Porco, C. C. Dynamics of the Sharp Edges of Broad Planetary Rings 2009ApJ...699..686H

Jacobson, R. A., et al. Revised Orbits of Saturn's Small Inner Satellites 2008AJ....135..261J

Spitale, J. N., Porco, C. C. Association of the jets of Enceladus with the warmest regions on its south-polar fractures 2007Natur.449..695S

Del Genio, A. D., et al. Saturn eddy momentum fluxes and convection: First estimates from Cassini images 2007Icar..189..479D

Jacobson, R. A., Spitale, J., Porco, C. C., Owen, W. M., Jr. The GM Values of Mimas and Tethys and the Libration of Methone 2006AJ....132..711J

Spitale, J. N., Jacobson, R. A., Porco, C. C., Owen, W. M., Jr. The Orbits of Saturn's Small Satellites Derived from ombined Historic and Cassini Imaging Observations 2006AJ....132..692S

Porco, C. C., et al. Cassini Observes the Active South Pole of Enceladus 2006Sci...311.1393P

Cooper, N. J., Murray, C. D., Porco, C. C., Spitale, J. N. Cassini ISS astrometric observations of the inner jovian satellites, Amalthea and Thebe 2006Icar..181..223C

Charnoz, S., et al. Cassini Discovers a Kinematic Spiral Ring Around Saturn 2005Sci...310.1300C

Porco, C. C., et al. Imaging of Titan from the Cassini spacecraft 2005Natur.434..159P

Porco, C. C., et al. Cassini Imaging Science: Initial Results on Saturn's Atmosphere 2005Sci...307.1243P

Porco, C. C., et al. Cassini Imaging Science: Initial Results on Phoebe and Iapetus 2005Sci...307.1237P

Porco, C. C., et al. Cassini Imaging Science: Initial Results on Saturn's Rings and Small Satellites 2005Sci...307.1226P

Lorenz, R. D., Spitale, J. N. The Yarkovsky effect as a heat engine 2004Icar..170..229L

Spitale, J., Greenberg, R. Numerical Evaluation of the General Yarkovsky Effect: Effects on Eccentricity and Longitude of Periapse 2002Icar..156..211S

Spitale, J., Greenberg, R. Numerical Evaluation of the General Yarkovsky Effect: Effects on Semimajor Axis 2001Icar..149..222S

Spitale, J. N. Detailed study of the Yarkovsky effect on asteroids and solar system implications 2001PhDT........20S

Fernández, Y. R., et al. The Inner Coma and Nucleus of Comet Hale-Bopp: Results from a Stellar Occultation 1999Icar..140..205F

Orton, G., et al. Earth-Based Observations of the Galileo Probe Entry Site 1996Sci...272..839O

Orton, G., et al. Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter Observed by the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility 1995Sci...267.1277O

Friedson, A. J., et al. Thermal infrared lightcurves of the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragment R 1995GeoRL..22.1569F