IASC Asteroid Discovery: CK12

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International Astronomical Search Collaboration asteroid discovery by David Golynskiy, Deepak Joseph, and Adrian Boyselle.

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IASC Asteroid Discovery: CK12

  1. 1. Asteroids • Not quite a planet Not quite a meteoroid • Main asteroid belt • Types – C-type – S-type – M-type http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_belt
  2. 2. NEOs (Near Earth Objects) • • • • What is an NEO? How close to be considered an NEO? What is considered to be an NEO? Why is it important? http://pages.sbcglobal.net/dbak/images/public/science/asteroid _2004_mn4_near.jpg
  3. 3. International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) A public education outreach program IASC Staff & Contributors – Patrick Miller (Hardin-Simmons) IASC Director – Robert Holmes (Astronomical Research Institute) ARI Director – Leonid Elenin(Russian Academy of Science) IASC Astronomer
  4. 4. What We Do Order of Operation 1. Obtain telescope images a) Astronomical Research Institute (ARI) b) NASA WISE satellite 2. Use Astrometrica to observe/collect data 3. Compile findings in MPC report 4. Send to Patrick Miller
  5. 5. NASA Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) • Launched December 2009 • New generation Infrared technology • Mission: – Asteroids -Comets – N.E.O. -Detailed look at Milky Way – Dim stars -Size Distribution – Ultra-luminous Infrared Galaxies
  6. 6. Astrometrica •15 min images •Good asteroid •Interference •Hot pixels
  7. 7. Astrometrica •Graph -Distribution -Broad peak •Magnitude
  8. 8. MPC Report • Minor Planet Center • Data of the marked asteroid includes; • Position - Right ascension - Declination • Name of the object • Limiting Magnitude
  9. 9. N E O Follow Ups • NEO Confirmations -Refining the calculations of unknown NEO orbits. • NEO Observations -Further data calculations of known NEO.
  10. 10. Results • Discovered asteroid 2010 CK12 on (02/12/2010) • Made N.E.O. follow up’s : – 2009 WL1 – 2010 CC19 – 2004 XD50 – W008WVT – 2009 XC2 – C/2010 D4 (Comet) 02/08/2010 02/17/2010 03/06/2010 03/06/2010 03/07/2010 03/06/2010
  11. 11. Conclusion • Participated in IASC campaign (Feb March) • Used Astrometrica and telescope/WISE images to find Asteroids and NEO’s • UT Austin (Physics Joint Meeting) • For future students: persistence
  12. 12. Special Thanks To… • • • • • IASC Staff Professor Michael Broyles Professor Greg Sherman Collin College UT Austin

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