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Program Information for 2017A-0109


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

CoI: Jeff Larsen, US Naval Academy
CoI: Jim Scotti, LPL/ Univ. Az.
CoI: Terry Bressi, Lunar and Planetary Lab
CoI: Melissa J Brucker, Lunar and Planetary Lab

Title: Astrometry of Faint, Noteworthy Near-Earth Objects

Abstract: We request MOSAIC-3 on the Mayall 4-meter telescope to improve knowledge of the orbits of high priority classes of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that are too faint to be observed with our Spacewatch telescopes. In addition to following up new discoveries announced by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), we will recover virtual impactors (VIs), future targets of radar, potential destinations for spacecraft, NEOs in need of astrometry for which albedos and/or taxonomic classification have been determined, and NEOs whose orbits are being monitored accurately to detect nongravitational effects. This proposal complements our other effort to follow recently discovered NEOs during the bright time immediately following their discovery, in that here the emphasis is on NEOs with previously known properties of note.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 5 (2017A):  KP-4m/MOSA3 -- 2.5n on Jun 16 2017, Jul 10 - Jul 13 2017
Run 6 (2017A):  KP-4m/MOSA3 -- 1.5n on Jul 29 - Jul 31 2017


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