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Session 71 - Comets & Asteroids.
Display session, Friday, January 09
The Air Force Phillips Laboratory has been pursuing an active near-Earth asteroid (NEA) observing program for the past several years. To date, the focus of this program has been highly automated positional observations for follow-up of discoveries by the Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT), Spacewatch, and other search efforts in support of the Minor Planet Center (MPC). Several hundred new discoveries have been made in the course of these follow-up observations. The program has now been expanded to include the collection of photometric lightcurves to support NEA characterization studies including pole and shape determination. Most recently, these observations have concentrated on NEA 1991vh, an Apollo asteroid with a double lightcurve period suggesting that it might be a binary object.
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