PI: Mark Trueblood, Winer Observatory, email@example.com
Address: Director, PO Box 797, Sonoita, AZ 85637-0797, United States
CoI: David Bell, NOAO
CoI: Larry Lebofsky, Planetary Science Institute
Title: Long Term Follow-up of Near Earth Objects
Abstract: Recently-discovered Near Earth Objects (NEOs) will be observed using the KPNO 2.1-m telescope to add astrometric observations at arcs as long as 20-80 days from discovery. These extended arcs place strong constraints on the orbital solution and can greatly reduce the ephemeris uncertainty at the next recovery opportunity. Many recently-discovered NEOs will be observable in the range 21<V<23 on any night during 2013B. We will place the highest priority on Virtual Impactors (VIs) and on Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) where long arcs can be created. We will also attempt to recover VI and PHA candidates if conditions permit. Among the 357 NEOs (excluding small objects) on the NEODyS risk list, 92 are classified as ``Lost'' by NEODyS until rediscovered by the surveys. By creating extended arcs, we will reduce the number of VIs and PHAs that accumulate large errors, thereby enabling future recovery efforts and advancing the assessment of impact risk.
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