Palomar Distant Solar System Survey


Palomar Distant Solar System Survey
Survey typeastronomical survey 
Targettrans-Neptunian object 
ObservationsSamuel Oschin telescope 

The Palomar Distant Solar System Survey (PDSSS) was[clarification needed] a wide-field survey aimed at finding distant trans-Neptunian objects[1] that used the robotic 1.2 m Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory and the QUEST large-area CCD camera. The survey was specifically designed to identify putative members of a Sedna-like population with perihelia greater than 45 AU. The limiting magnitude of this study was 21.3 in the R-band, it was sensitive out to distances of 1000 AU, and 12,000 square degrees of sky were searched. This observing program was responsible for the discovery of 25 minor planets including trans-Neptunian objects and centaurs. (309239) 2007 RW10 and Gǃkúnǁʼhòmdímà ((229762) 2007 UK126) were among the objects discovered by this survey. It redetected Sedna but no other objects in Sedna-like orbits were identified.

References


  1. ^ Schwamb, Megan E.; Brown, Michael E.; Rabinowitz, David L.; Ragozzine, Darin (2010). "Schwamb et al. 2010". arXiv:1007.2954 . Bibcode:2010ApJ...720.1691S . doi:10.1088/0004-637X/720/2/1691 . Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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