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TNO Recovery, Unlocking the Early Solar System

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2017

M. A. Kadooka
Affiliation:
Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822
K. J. Meech
Affiliation:
Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822
T. Chun
Affiliation:
Kamehameha Schools, 16-714 Volcano Road, Keaau, HI 96749

Abstract

The recent discoveries of small bodies in the outer solar system in the vicinity of the Kuiper belt are revolutionizing solar system formation concepts by providing critical dynamical and compositional clues to its earliest epochs. However, the rapidly accelerating discovery rate means that follow-up observations for orbit determination cannot keep up. We report here on an innovative test program to assess the potential of a small (2-m class) educational outreach telescope to engage in an efficient recovery program. Recovery observations have been obtained over the course of 22 nights using the University of Hawaii 2.2m telescope during 9 observing runs. We targeted over 200 objects and have achieved a 75% success rate. We obtained time resolved resolved light curve photometry on 2000 OK67, and the partial light curve suggests a period T > 12 hr.

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Planetary Science
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Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2004 

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