Solar system science with LSST

R. L. Jones, S. R. Chesley, A. J. Connolly, A. W. Harris, Z. Ivezic, Z. Knezevic, J. Kubica, A. Milani, D. E. Trilling

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Abstract

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will provide a unique tool to study moving objects throughout the solar system, creating massive catalogs of Near Earth Objects (NEOs), asteroids, Trojans, TransNeptunian Objects (TNOs), comets and planetary satellites with well-measured orbits and high quality, multi-color photometry accurate to 0.005 magnitudes for the brightest objects. In the baseline LSST observing plan, back-to-back 15-second images will reach a limiting magnitude as faint as r = 24.7 in each 9.6 square degree image, twice per night; a total of approximately 20,000 square degrees of the sky will be imaged in multiple filters, with revisits about every 3 nights over several months of each year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalEarth, Moon and Planets
Volume105
Issue number2-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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