Kuiper Belt Object Sizes and Distances from Occultation Observations

@article{Cooray2003KuiperBO,
  title={Kuiper Belt Object Sizes and Distances from Occultation Observations},
  author={Asantha Cooray},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={589},
  pages={L97 - L100}
}
  • A. Cooray
  • Published 22 April 2003
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters
There are several observational campaigns underway to detect kilometer-sized foreground Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) through their occultation of background stars. The interpretation of an occultation light curve, unfortunately, is affected by a geometric degeneracy such that one is unable to determine the KBO size independently of its distance. This degeneracy can be broken through a precise measurement of the relative velocity obtained from simultaneous observations of individual events. While… 

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