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This page gives details of radar-targeted NEOs (those scheduled for Arecibo and/or Goldstone radar observations) that have been studied using the LCOGT Network and have had rotation periods determined.
Period of 0.90672 hours found from LSC (Chile; W85) data on 2013/06/13 and 15 UTC
The recently installed 1-meter telescope at McDonald Observatory has helped confirm its first two new Near Earth Objects (NEOs). Both were candidates from PanSTARRS, and were followed up by a number of observatories including LCOGT. The first object, initially called P103Jah was detected by PanSTARRS on June 10th and followed-up by Tim Lister on June 12. The object was officially designated as 2012 LK2 the next day.
Main belt asteroid (300163) 2006 VW139 (later designated P/2006 VW139 ) was discovered to exhibit comet-like activity by the Pan-STARRS1 survey telescope using automated point-spread-function analyses performed by PS1’s Moving Object Processing System.
On Thursday, January 26 2012 a group of Faulkes Telescope Project users combined forces to observe an asteroid.
On July 27, NASA announced the discovery of the first Trojan asteroid, designated 2010 TK7, which shares the Earth's orbit. It was initially spotted by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission on 2010 Oct 01 at a solar elongation close to 90 degrees and the near-Earth object was flagged on the NEO Confirmation Page shortly afterwards.
Nick Howes, equipment consultant for UK Magazine Astronomy Now, has been using the twin 2m Faulkes Telescope North and Faulkes Telescope South for a few years, on comet observation and measurement work, but in the past few months,
How many planets are in our Solar System and what are their names? How far apart are they? What are the differences between them? This activity will help answer some of these questions, while providing the opportunity for you to ask your own.
Here are the two images hot off the press. The observations of a strange asteroid were taken about 58 hr
apart. It was reported that Steve Larson of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory,
University of Arizona, had imaged the asteroid (596) Scheila on
December 11.44-11.47 UT with the 0.68-m Schmidt telescope at Catalina
and found it to be in apparent outburst with a comet-like appearance.
This is the first well-documented occasion that a main-belt asteroid
has been seen to be surrounded by a fuzzy coma.
Once again, Richard Miles from British Astronomical Association's Asteroids and Comets section has glimpsed another fast rotating asteroid, called 2010 TD54. It is estimated that this asteroid is only 7 (+/-2) m in diameter. This asteroid is small and faint, but fortunately it is passing close to the earth at present allowing us a great view.