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International Scientific Optical Network

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The International Scientific Optical Network or ISON (Russian: Международная научная оптическая сеть, Пулковская кооперация оптических наблюдателей) is an international project, currently consisting of about 30 telescopes at about 20 observatories in about ten countries (Russia, Ukraine (Andrushivka), Georgia (Abastumani), Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Spain (Teide), Switzerland (Zimmerwald), Bolivia (Tarija), USA (Mayhill), Italy (Collepardo))[1] which have organized to detect, monitor and track objects in space. Other observatories include the "ISON-Kislovodsk Observatory", located near Kislovodsk, North Caucasus, Russia, with the observatory code D00.

ISON is managed by the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences.[2][3] It was credited for the discovery of comets C/2010 X1 (Elenin)[4] and C/2012 S1 (ISON),[5] the latter popularly known as Comet ISON.

The minor planet 365756 ISON is named for the network.[6]

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  1. ^ http://www.amostech.com/TechnicalPapers/2009/Orbital_Debris/Molotov.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ Al-Rodhan, Nayef R.F. R. F. (2012-06-08). Meta-Geopolitics of Outer Space: An Analysis of Space Power, Security and Governance. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 76–. ISBN 9781137018489. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. ^ Weeden, Brian (2010). "GLOBAL SPACE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS SENSORS" (PDF). AMOS Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-04.
  4. ^ Подорванюк, Николай (December 21, 2010). Надо ли бояться комету Еленина?. Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. ^ Sekanina, Zdenek; Kracht, Rainer (8 May 2014). "Disintegration of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) Shortly Before Perihelion: Evidence From Independent Data Sets". arXiv:1404.5968v4 [astro-ph.EP].
  6. ^ "IAU Minor Planet Center". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 16 February 2017.

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