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Program Information for 2017A-0204


PI: David Trilling, Northern Arizona U., David.Trilling@nau.edu
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA

CoI: Jay Elias, SOAR
CoI: Michael Mommert, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: Cesar Briceno, NOAO

Title: Rapid response observations of newly discovered Near Earth Objects with SOAR: Pathfinding for LSST

Abstract: Near Earth Objects (NEOs) are bodies whose orbits bring them close to the Earth's orbit. NEOs are of interest scientifically because their origins elsewhere in the Solar System allows us to probe the formation and evolution conditions throughout the Solar System using ground-based telescopes. NEOs are also of interest for planetary defense, for human exploration, and potentially for space-based mining activities and {em in situ} resource utilization. For all of these reasons, cataloging NEOs is one of the primary science goals of LSST. However, although LSST will be very good at discovering NEOs, the fixed LSST cadence will in general not provide good immediate characterization observations of newly discovered NEOs. Hence, we as a community need to prepare for the LSST discovery rate by understanding to what extent existing resources can be used as LSST NEO follow-up facilities. {em We propose here to observe up to 30~newly discovered NEOs with SOAR/Spartan to determine the compositions of these objects and to determine to what extent SOAR will be a useful NEO characterization telescope in the LSST era.}

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017A):  SOAR/Spartan -- 4.5n on Feb 06 2017, Mar 05 2017, Apr 06 2017, May 06 2017, Jun 13 2017, Jul 09 2017


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