Procedures, Resources and Selected Results of the Deep Ecliptic Survey

  title={Procedures, Resources and Selected Results of the Deep Ecliptic Survey},
  author={Marc Buie and Robert L. Millis and Lawrence H. Wasserman and James L. Elliot and Susan Diane Kern and Kelly B. Clancy and Eugene Chiang and Amy B. Jordan and Karen J. Meech and R. Mark Wagner and David E. Trilling},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
The Deep Ecliptic Survey is a project whose goal is to survey a largearea of the near-ecliptic region to a faint limiting magnitude (R ∼24) in search of objects in the outer solar system. We are collectinga large homogeneous data sample from the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-m and CerroTololo Blanco 4-m telescopes with the Mosaic prime-focus CCD cameras.Our goal is to collect a sample of 500 objects with good orbits to furtherour understanding of the dynamical structure of the outer solar system.This… 

The Canada–France Ecliptic Plane Survey (CFEPS)—High-latitude Component

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The Relationship Between KBO Colors and Kuiper-belt Plane Inclination

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Transneptunian Space and the Post-Pluto Paradigm

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    The Pluto System After New Horizons
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Color Intensity Projections: A Simple Way to Display Changes in Astronomical Images

A novel display method, called arrival time color intensity projections, is presented that combines any number of gray‐scale images into a single‐color image on a pixel‐by‐pixel basis and finds that moving objects are easier to detect and assess on the color image than on the gray‐ scale images.

Comparison of forming mechanisms for Sedna-type objects through an observational simulator

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The Deep Ecliptic Survey: A Search for Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs. I. Description of Methods and Initial Results

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The Existence of a Planet beyond 50 AU and the Orbital Distribution of the Classical Edgeworth–Kuiper-Belt Objects

Abstract We study the effects of a Mars-like planetoid with a semimajor axis at about ∼60 AU orbiting embedded in the primordial Edgeworth–Kuiper belt (EKB). The origin of such an object can be

Orbit Fitting and Uncertainties for Kuiper Belt Objects

We present a procedure for determination of positions and orbital elements, and associated uncertainties, of outer solar system planets. The orbit-fitting procedure is greatly streamlined compared

The Radial Distribution of the Kuiper Belt

We examine the radial distribution of the Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) using a method that is insensitive to observational bias effects. This technique allows the use of the discovery distances of all

Evidence for an Extended Scattered Disk

Abstract By telescopic tracking, we have established that the transneptunian object (TNO) 2000 CR 105 has a semimajor axis of 220±1 AU and perihelion distance of 44.14±0.02 AU, beyond the domain

Resonance Occupation in the Kuiper Belt: Case Examples of the 5:2 and Trojan Resonances

As part of our ongoing Deep Ecliptic Survey (DES) of the Kuiper belt, we report on the occupation of the 1 : 1 (Trojan), 4 : 3, 3 : 2, 7 : 4, 2 : 1, and 5 : 2 Neptunian mean motion resonances (MMRs).

Resonant and Secular Families of the Kuiper Belt

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Address for Offprints: Marc W. Buie Lowell Observatory 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd

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