Keck Pencil-Beam Survey for Faint Kuiper Belt Objects

@article{Chiang1999KeckPS,
  title={Keck Pencil-Beam Survey for Faint Kuiper Belt Objects},
  author={E. Chiang and M. Brown},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={1999},
  volume={118},
  pages={1411-1422}
}
  • E. Chiang, M. Brown
  • Published 1999
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • We present the results of a pencil-beam survey of the Kuiper Belt using the Keck 10 m telescope. A single 0.01 deg^2 field is imaged 29 times for a total integration time of 4.8 hr. Combining exposures in software allows the detection of Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) having visual magnitude m_V ≾ 27.9. Two new KBOs are discovered. One object having m_V = 25.5 lies at a probable heliocentric distance R ≈ 33 AU. The second object at m_V = 27.2 is located at R ≈ 44 AU. Both KBOs have diameters of… CONTINUE READING

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