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Program Information for 2017B-0006


PI: Tyler Linder, U. of North Dakota, tlinder34@gmail.com
Address: Space Studies, 4149 University Ave Stop 9008, Grand Forks, ND 58202 United States

CoI: Paul Hardersen, U. of North Dakota
CoI: Matt Nowinski, U. of North Dakota
CoI: Andy Puckett, Columbus State U.
CoI: Vishnu Reddy, U. of Arizona
CoI: Ron Fevig, U. of North Dakota
CoI: Robert Holmes, Astronomical Research Institute

Title: Physical Properties of Near Earth Asteroids

Abstract: For over 15 years there has been clear evidence for an asteroid spin barrier, where asteroids larger than 150 m in diameter (H=22) do not rotate faster than 11 rev/day (P=2.2 hours). However, the asteroid population near the spin barrier has not been well studied because these objects are fainter than what the amateur community can typically observe. Additionally, until recently, there has not been enough meter- class telescope time available to conduct a large scale population study. This proposed work will almost double the number of quality rotational studies of asteroids between H=20 (300 m) and H=23 (100 m). The LCO network provides a unique opportunity to provide physical characterization of medium sized near Earth asteroids soon after discovery. While the discovery rate of these asteroids will greatly increase with LSST, the window available for their characterization will remain unchanged. Therefore, an infrastructure like the one proposed here is required to be able to process LSST alerts in real time and submit time domain observations.

Program Type: Standard/LCO

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017B):  LCO-1m/Sinistro -- 200hrs
Run 2 (2017B):  LCO-2m/FLOYDS -- 20hrs


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