Presentation Title

Photographing and Determining Accurate Positions of Asteroids in the Solar System through Observational Astronomy and Astrometric Methods

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Surge 172

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

The goal of our work is to update the current Positional Information about asteroids in the Solar System. We achieve this objective by taking photographs of known celestial objects in motion and running the photographs through a program which returns precise data on their positions in the Solar System. We send these results to the Minor Planet System (MPC), which keeps a database of the objects and their predicted positions. Other organizations can access this information through the MPC to further utilize and process it. This Summer we were successful in producing more than 500 images of Asteroids, Outer Planets and their moons, as well as calculations of their positions, all of which were submitted to the Minor Planet Society. This presentation will provide some general information on astrometry and our specific role relating to it, as well as describe the techniques we use to collect and analyze this data.

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Photographing and Determining Accurate Positions of Asteroids in the Solar System through Observational Astronomy and Astrometric Methods

Surge 172

The goal of our work is to update the current Positional Information about asteroids in the Solar System. We achieve this objective by taking photographs of known celestial objects in motion and running the photographs through a program which returns precise data on their positions in the Solar System. We send these results to the Minor Planet System (MPC), which keeps a database of the objects and their predicted positions. Other organizations can access this information through the MPC to further utilize and process it. This Summer we were successful in producing more than 500 images of Asteroids, Outer Planets and their moons, as well as calculations of their positions, all of which were submitted to the Minor Planet Society. This presentation will provide some general information on astrometry and our specific role relating to it, as well as describe the techniques we use to collect and analyze this data.