Siding Spring Survey

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Siding Spring Survey
Organization University of Arizona, Australian National University
Code E12  
Location Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates
Altitude 1150 m
Established 2004
Website
msowww.anu.edu.au/~rmn/
Telescopes
Uppsala Southern Schmidt Telescope Schmidt telescope

The Siding Spring Survey (SSS) is a Near-Earth object search program that uses the 0.5 metres Uppsala Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia. It is the southern hemisphere counterpart of the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) located in the Santa Catalina Mountains on Mount Bigelow, near Tucson, Arizona, USA. The survey is the only professional search for dangerous asteroids being made in the Southern Hemisphere.

SSS is jointly operated by the University of Arizona and the Australian National University, with funding from NASA. SSS (IAU observatory code E12) is located at Siding Spring Observatory (IAU observatory code 413) at 31°18′S 149°06′E / 31.3°S 149.1°E / -31.3; 149.1, approximately 400 km north west of Sydney at and altitude of about 1150 m.

Images of 30 seconds' exposure time are collected using a 4x4K charge-coupled device at intervals and then compared with software.[1]

Discoveries[edit]

Since 2004 the survey has discovered 400 potentially hazardous objects with a diameter greater than 100 m.[1] In early January 2013, Robert H. McNaught discovered a new comet named C/2013 A1 using data collected while searching for asteroids.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Perry Vlahos (20 December 2012). "Who's on night watch?". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Newfound Comet Likely Won't Hit Mars Next Year". space.com (TechMediaNetwork.com). 15 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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