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The Spacewatch project is an astronomical survey that specializes in the study of minor planets, including various types of asteroids and comets at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, in the United States.

Spacewatch
Survey typeAstronomical survey Edit this on Wikidata
Observatory code691
Minor planets discovered: 130,493 [1]
see Category:Discoveries by the Spacewatch project

It is led by astronomer Robert S. McMillan at the University of Arizona and was founded in 1980 by Tom Gehrels and McMillan. Spacewatch uses a 1.8 meter and a 0.9 meter dedicated telescope. In addition, it uses the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope and the Steward Observatory's Bok Telescope for follow-up observations of near-Earth objects.[2][3]

The 36 inch (0.9 meter) telescope at Kitt Peak observatory has been in use by Spacewatch since 1984, and since 2000 the 72 inch Spacewatch telescope.[4] The 36 inch telescope continued in use and was further upgraded, in particular the telescopes use electronic detectors.[4]

Notable discoveriesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Spacewatch Project". University of Arizona. 2010.
  3. ^ Solar Empire: Spacewatch Project
  4. ^ a b "Spacewatch telescope detects its first asteroids". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  5. ^ "New outer satellite of Jupiter discovered". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  6. ^ "5145 Pholus (1992 AD)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  7. ^ "9965 GNU". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  8. ^ "SDSS/SMASS asteroid taxonomy". people.roma2.infn.it.
  9. ^ "9885 Linux". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  10. ^ "9882 Stallman". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  11. ^ "9793 Torvalds". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  12. ^ "20000 Varuna". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  13. ^ "coms06". www.ast.cam.ac.uk.
  14. ^ "1998 KY26". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  15. ^ "MPEC 1997-Y11: 1997 XF11". Minor Planet Center.
  16. ^ "MPEC 1999-L24: 1995 SM55, 1995 TL8, 1996 GQ21". Minor Planet Center.
  17. ^ "(136617) 1994 CC, "Beta", and "Gamma"". johnstonsarchive.net.
  18. ^ "Spacewatch Outer Solar System Discoveries". Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. University of Arizona. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008.
  19. ^ "125P/Spacewatch". cometography.com.
  20. ^ "174567 Varda". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  21. ^ "2013 BS45". IAU Minor Planet Center.