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Proposal Information for 2012B-0221


PI: James Bauer, JPL, bauer@scn.jpl.nasa.gov
Address: California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., MS183-401, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA

CoI: Amy Mainzer, JPL
CoI: Tommy Grav, PSI
CoI: Rachel Stevenson, JPL
CoI: Joseph Masiero, JPL
CoI: Robert S. McMillan, Univ. of Arizona

Title: A WISE Long Period Comet Survey - Southern Summer Targets

Abstract: While the short period comet nucleus population has begun to be investigated regarding the most basic parameters, size and albedo, the long-period comet (LPC) population remains relatively uncharacterized. Yet, the population is considerably different in origin and evolution from the short period comets. We propose two nights of observing using the SOI imager on the SOAR 4 meter telescope to obtain the optical brightness of 15 long-period comet nuclei to complete the WISE-observed sample. The WISE observed sample, >45 LPCs, will comprise the largest long-period comet nucleus survey in existence and more than double the number of known sizes and albedos amongst this unique class of comets.


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