Current and future observations of Near Earth Objects with SALT and RSS

David E Trilling, Amanda A. Sickafoose

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We report here results from a SALT/RSS pilot programme to observe newly-discovered Near Earth Objects. These small asteroids (as small as tens of metres) are only accessible to large ground-based facilities for a few nights after discovery. Our programme utilizes Target of Opportunity observations (priority 0 in the SALT queue) to obtain compositional information about these small bodies. In this paper we present first results from this pilot programme as well as discuss some current challenges in carrying out this programme with SALT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number047
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume1-5-June-2015
StatePublished - 2015

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