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Program Information for 2018A-0177


PI: Alex Parker, Southwest Research Institute, alexharrisonparker@gmail.com
Address: Department of Space Science, 1050 Walnut St., Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302 United States

CoI: Simon B Porter, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: Marc W Buie, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: John R Spencer, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: Amanda Zangari, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: Anne Verbiscer, U. of Virginia

Title: Expanding the New Horizons Survey of Kuiper Belt Object Surface Properties with CTIO and DECam

Abstract: We propose a survey to discover Kuiper Belt Objects near and beyond the outer edge of the Cold Classical Kuiper Belt that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft can observe after its flyby of 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019. Before and after that close flyby, New Horizons is able observe other KBOs at ranges of 0.1 to 1 AU and at solar phase angles not visible from Earth. This enables unique moderate-to-high phase angle observations of the KBOs, as well as the ability to detect rings and very close binary companions. The proposed survey will expand the sample of distant KBOs that New Horizons can observe from its unique vantage point. Due to the extremely wide field of view and sensitivity of DECam, we can discover the majority of the likely remaining bright, distant KBOs with nine pointings and imaging over nine consecutive nights on the CTIO 4m.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2018A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 3n on Jun 15 - Jun 17 2018


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