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Proposal Information for 2003B-0356


PI: Matthew Holman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, mholman@cfa.harvard.edu
Address: Theoretical Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, MS 51, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

CoI: JJ Kavelaars, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
CoI: Tommy Grav, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Brett J. Gladman, University of British Columbia
CoI: Philip D. Nicholson, Cornell University
CoI: Jean-Marc Petit, Observatoire de Besancon

Title: A Search for Small Distant Moons of Uranus

Abstract: We propose a search for irregular satellites of Uranus to determine if the uranian irregular satellites form dynamical families, as is seen for the jovian and saturnian irregulars. With four dark nights on the Blanco 4-meter telescope with the Mosaic camera we can search the full region within which such satellites are dynamically stable. With follow- up time on the Magellan II 6.5-meter telescope (already awarded), Keck 10-meter (requested), MMT 6.5-meter, and Palomar 5-meter (to be requested), we can track the objects discovered at CTIO to establish the orbits of the candidates with sufficient accuracy to locate them again at their next opposition and determine if they are the remnant fragments of earlier catastrophic collisions.


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