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The La Silla QUEST Kuiper belt Survey

Megan Schwamb

Megan Schwamb & David Rabinowitz used the La Silla QUEST Survey to search for Pluto-sized objects in the outer solar system. 

The La Silla QUEST Kuiper belt Survey is searching for the largest and brightest planetesimals in the outer solar system in the Southern Hemisphere.  Using the ESO 1.0-m Schmidt telescope, located at La Silla Observatory in Chile, equipped with Yale's 10 square degree QUEST camera, we have been searching for distant Pluto-sized bodies out to distances of ~150 AU in the Southern Skies down to a limiting magnitude of 21.5 in R band.  To date the survey has covered ~10,000 square degrees south of the ecliptic. Using the SMARTS 1.3-m telescope, we have been further studying orbits and optical colors of our new discoveries...

 

 


 

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04.01.2014 Congratulations Jeremy Bradford on being awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
2014 NSF GRFP Competition Results Announced!
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The Astronomy department at Yale is pleased to announce the inaugural Hoffleit Undergraduate Research Scholars have been announced.
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