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Proposal Information for 2002A-0171


PI: Joel Parker, Southwest Research Institute, joel@boulder.swri.edu
Address: Suite 426, 1050 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80305, USA

CoI: Lynne Allen, University of Michigan
CoI: Brett Gladman, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
CoI: Tommy Grav, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Carl Hergenrother, LPL/University of Arizona
CoI: Matthew Holman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: J. J. Kavelaars, McMaster University

Title: The Kuiper Belt Recovery Program

Abstract: The number of known Kuiper belt related objects is increasing at an accelerated rate due to many wide-field projects dedicated to the discovery of these outer solar system bodies. A focused and dedicated recovery program is necessary and urgent if the considerable effort and observing time spent on the discoveries are to have any long-term scientific significance. This project (integrated with a CFHT survey we are conducting) will address that need by providing reliable recovery observations at sufficient frequency to keep pace with the discoveries that need follow-up, as well as to provide photometric data for use in analysis of Kuiper belt physical properties such as size distribution, dynamics, formation, and structure. Our measurements will assure that the calculated orbits are determined well enough for future photometric and spectroscopic observations for physical studies. We have an efficient and proven pipeline to: find objects, provide sub-arcsecond absolute astrometry and calibrated photometry, determine orbits, and report results to the Minor Planet Center to refine the orbital elements.


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