Mount Lemmon Survey

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Mount Lemmon Survey is a part of the Catalina Sky Survey with observatory code G96. Distance from rotation axis and height above equatorial plane (in Earth radii): 0.8451 +0.5336. Longitude (degrees East): 249.2083. The survey is conducted using a 1.5 meter (60 inch) f/2 telescope and is currently the most prolific telescope in the world discovering Near-Earth Objects


The survey accidentally rediscovered 206P/Barnard-Boattini, a lost comet, on October 7, 2008, by Andrea Boattini.[1] The comet has made 20 revolutions since 1892 and passed within 0.3 - 0.4 AU from Jupiter in 1922, 1934 and 2005.[2][3] This comet was also the first comet to be discovered by photographic means, by the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard did so on the night of October 13, 1892. [1]

2011 UN63 was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Survey on September 27, 2009 and it is a stable L5 Mars trojan asteroid.[4] [5] The survey also discovered the unusual Aten asteroid 2012 FC71, a dynamically cold Kozai resonator, on March 31, 2012.[6]

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  1. ^ a b 206P at Garry Kronk’s Cometography
  2. ^ IAUC 8995
  3. ^ The COCD Homepage
  4. ^ de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R. (2013). "Three new stable L5 Mars Trojans". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 432 (1): L31–L35. arXiv:1303.0124. Bibcode:2013MNRAS.432L..31D. doi:10.1093/mnrasl/slt028. 
  5. ^ Christou, A. A. (2013). "Orbital clustering of Martian Trojans: An asteroid family in the inner solar system?". Icarus 224 (1): 144–153. arXiv:1303.0420. Bibcode:2013Icar..224..144C. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2013.02.013. 
  6. ^ de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R. "A resonant family of dynamically cold small bodies in the near-Earth asteroid belt". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. 

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