NOAO >   Observing Info >   Approved Programs >   2018A-0062

Small NOAO Logo

Program Information for 2018A-0062


PI: Joseph Masiero, CalTech-JPL, Joseph.Masiero@jpl.nasa.gov
Address: California Institute of Technology, 4800 OAK GROVE DRIVE, PASADENA, CA 91109 USA

CoI: Amy Mainzer, CalTech-JPL
CoI: Emily Kramer, CalTech-JPL
CoI: Carolyn Nugent, IPAC

Title: Time-critical followup of deep-south newly discovered NEOWISE near-Earth objects

Abstract: The NASA NEOWISE mission is currently surveying the sky, searching for new Near-Earth Objects using infrared light and providing characterization of known objects. Because NEOWISE is senstive to low albedo asteroids, its discoveries often have visible magnitudes near or below the detectability limit of many of the followup resources in the southern hemisphere. To ensure that all discoveries receive sufficient astrometric followup to establish an orbit solution, we request Target of Opportunity time on Gemini South to observe new, faint NEOs found at southern declinations. This would be a continuation of our previously successful Large and Long Program and is critical to establishing NEO orbits for physical property determination and characterization followup.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2018A):  GEM-SQ/GMOSS -- 4hrs band 2 (GS-2018A-Q-215 )


National Optical Astronomy Observatory, 950 North Cherry Avenue, P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, Arizona 85726, Phone: (520) 318-8000, Fax: (520) 318-8360



NOAO >   Observing Info >   Approved Programs >   2018A-0062

noaoprop-help@noao.edu

Small NOAO Logo