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Program Information for 2015A-0072


PI: Robert S McMillan, U. of Arizona, bob@lpl.arizona.edu
Address: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 1629 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721-0092 USA

CoI: Jeffrey Arthur Larsen, US Naval Academy
CoI: Jim Scotti, U. of Arizona
CoI: Terry Bressi, U. of Arizona
CoI: Sarah Sonnett, CalTech-JPL

Title: Astrometry and Photometry of Faint, High Priority Solar System Objects

Abstract: We request MOSAIC 1.1 on the Mayall 4-meter telescope to improve knowledge of the orbits and magnitudes (and indirectly the sizes) of high priority classes of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and other small solar system bodies that are too faint to be observed with our Spacewatch telescopes. Recovery is needed within about a week in order for the positional uncertainties on freshly discovered objects not to expand beyond typical telescope fields-of-view. Most of our targets are therefore unknown at the time of this proposal. In addition to following up new discoveries, we will recover virtual impactors (VIs), future targets of radar, NEOs previously detected by WISE with orbits and albedos suggesting potential for cometary activity, potential destinations for spacecraft, and returning NEOs with unusually accurate albedos and diameters determined by WISE that need astrometry. We present the Minor Planet Center's (MPC) analysis of the usefulness of our past use of the Mayall telescope for these purposes.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 3 (2015A):  KP-4m/MOSA -- 2n on May 23 - May 24 2015


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