31st Annual Meeting of the DPS, October 1999
Session 26. Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt II
Contributed Oral Parallel Session, Tuesday, October 12, 1999, 10:30-11:20am, Sala Pietro d'Abano

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[26.02] The Scattered Kuiper Belt Objects

C. A. Trujillo, D. C. Jewitt (University of Hawaii), J. X. Luu (Leiden University)

We describe a continuing survey of the Kuiper Belt conducted at the 3.6-m Canada France Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The survey employs a 12288 x 8192 pixel CCD mosaic to image the sky to red magnitude 24. All detected objects are targeted for systematic follow-up observations, allowing us to determine their orbital characteristics.

Three new members of the rare Scattered Kuiper Belt Object class have been identified, bringing the known population of such objects to four. The SKBOs are thought to have been scattered outward by Neptune, and are a potential source of the short-period comets. Using a Maximum Likelihood method, we place observational constraints on the total number and mass of the SKBOs.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mailto:chad@ifa.hawaii.edu

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