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Re: How is the Kuiper Belt viewed?

Date: Tue Apr 16 12:59:49 2002
Posted By: Kisha Delain, Staff, Chandra Mission Planning, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1018717786.As

Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) typically are very faint, with magnitudes
greater than 20 (the higher the magnitude, the fainter an object is).  Most
searches for new KBOs use large optical telescopes and CCD detectors (sort
of like those for a digital camera).  A large survey (Deep Ecliptic Survey)
is continuing to look for these objects using the 4-meter Mayall Telescope
at Kitt Peak National Observatory, with followup observations on both the
3.5-meter WIYN telescope and the Steward Observatory 90-inch (2.3 meter)
also at Kitt Peak.  Other surveys use similar (or the same) telescopes.  

Typically, the intial detection of a KBO will compare two different
observations to see if anything has moved.  The followup observations are
to determine the orbital properties of the KBO.

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