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Program Information for 2017A-0359


PI: Amanda Zangari, Southwest Research Institute, azangari@boulder.swri.edu
Address: Dept. of Space Studies, 1050 Walnut St. Ste 300, Boulder, CO 80303 USA

CoI: Eliot F Young, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: John R Spencer, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: Marc W Buie, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: J J Kavelaars, University of Victoria
CoI: Simon B Porter, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: Susan Benecchi, PSI
CoI: Anne Verbiscer, U. of Virginia

Title: Debris, ring and moon search in support of NASA's New Horizons Mission to 2014 MU69

Abstract: In the summer of 2017, NASA New Horizons' close flyby target 2014 MU69 is predicted to occult three stars. Observations of each of these occultations will allow us to learn the approximate size of 2014 MU69 and probe the system for moons and other debris that will be impossible to search for before the arrival of NASA's New Horizons probe on January 1, 2019. Discovering that the system is a binary or has unknown features in the summer of 2017 will allow for mission planning to take into account any unexpected discoveries. We require the use of the Portable High-speed Occultation Telescope camera for our observations. This camera was mounted on the telescope in 2005, and successfully observed a Charon occultation of a star of similar brightness to our dimmest event stars.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 2 (2017A):  SOAR/SOI -- 0.5n on Jul 09 2017
Run 3 (2017A):  SOAR/SOI -- 0.5n on Jul 16 2017


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