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Program Information for 2015B-0059


PI: Robert S McMillan, U. of Arizona, bob@lpl.arizona.edu
Address: LPL, 1629 East University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

CoI: Jeffrey Arthur Larsen, US Naval Academy
CoI: Jim Scotti, Lunar and Planetary Lab
CoI: Terry Bressi, Lunar and Planetary Lab
CoI: Chet Maleszewski, Lunar and Planetary Lab

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 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. 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. This proposal departs from our previous ones in that we have determined that we can use relatively bright time. Observations during bright time will especially improve temporal coverage of the orbits of freshly discovered asteroids.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2015B):  KP-4m/MOSA -- 2n on Sep 02 - Sep 03 2015
Run 4 (2015B):  KP-4m/MOSA3 -- 1n on Jan 08 - Jan 09 2016
Run 5 (2015B):  KP-4m/MOSA3 -- 2n on Dec 21 - Dec 22 2015


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