Science by Observatory Staff:
The following is a brief list of some of the science that we do.
- Since the early 1970's, Mark Trueblood has observed lunar occultations. He began observing minor planet occultations in the late 1970's.
- In late 2000, Mark began working with Robert
Crawford of Tucson to observe minor planets to refine their orbits, concentrating on NEOs.
A list of Minor
Planet Electronic Circulars observed by Mark and Robert is available. Most of these were
observed with the assistance of Larry Lebofsky, while other co-observers included Dave Bell
and Morgan Rehnberg. For a movie and stills of a Near Earth Asteroid, click on
Observations of Near Earth Asteroid 2008QT3.
Most of the NEOs were observed on Kitt Peak using the 2.1-m telescope. The time allocated
on the basis of Time Allocation Committee evaluations of our proposals.
Acknowledgment: Our observing on Kitt Peak is supported by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued by the Planetary Astronomy Program.
Page last updated on: December 6, 2013