Technical Architecture to Deepen Our Solar System Awareness

  • Peter VerešEmail author
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This chapter deals with individual assets involved in discovery of NEOs. Past, current and future surveys are described, with their diverse technical architectures and objectives. In addition to the ground-based telescopes that deliver the most discoveries, past, current and future space-based missions are presented. Current limits for discovery are defined by the aperture size of the telescope and the observing geometry and viewing angle of a telescope, with the Earth representing an obstruction that avoids looking closer to the Sun. The smallest NEOs are still discovered only incidentally; ground-based telescopes cannot reach asteroids with orbits mostly inside the Earth’s orbit. Long periodic comets remain a low-level threat. Discovery and follow-up have migrated from manual efforts and individual observers toward an automated regime and large dedicated discovery surveys, supported by software development and automated processing of large data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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