Accession Number : ADA332157

Title :   Students in Advanced Research for Sky Surveillance.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Sep 93-31 Oct 97,

Corporate Author : ARIZONA UNIV TUCSON LUNAR AND PLANETARY LAB

Personal Author(s) : Gehrels, Tom

PDF Url : ADA332157

Report Date : 09 NOV 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Spacewatch program discovers small bodies (asteroids and comets) in the solar system and analyzes their distributions with orbital parameters and absolute magnitude. Scanning of the night sky is conducted 18-20 nights per month with tbe 0.9-m Spacewatch Telescope on Kitt Peak. About 1200. to 2000 sqare degrees of sky are searched each year to a V magnitude level of 21.3. Spacewatch discoveries support studies of the evolution of the Centaur, Trojan, Main-Belt, and Earth-approaching asteroid populations. Space watch also finds potential targets for space missions, finds objects that might present a hazard of impact on the Earth, provides accurate astrometry of about 30,000 asteroids annually, and recovers comets and asteroids that are too faint for most other observers. This AASERT grant supported several undergraduate students working on upgrades to instrumentation and analyses of date under the supervision of spacewatch engineers and researchers. The opportunity to have young, energetic new members of the group accomplished a great del of work, simulated and exxelerated our research efforts, and enhanced the students' career opportunities.

Descriptors :   *STUDENTS, *MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, *ASTRONOMY, ORBITS, PARAMETERS, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, SURVEILLANCE, COMETS, ASTEROIDS, SOLAR SYSTEM.

Subject Categories : Astronomy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE