TNO Recovery, Unlocking the Early Solar System

M. A. Kadooka, K. J. Meech, T. Chun
2004 Symposium - International astronomical union  
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
more » ... ent 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.
doi:10.1017/s0074180900193313 fatcat:5pnakpidtzea3cvqex4mzb5vkq