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Mony a mickle maks a muckle: minor body observations with optical telescopes of all sizes

Snodgrass, Colin (2009). Mony a mickle maks a muckle: minor body observations with optical telescopes of all sizes. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 105(2-4) pp. 187–191.

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I review the current capabilities of small, medium and large telescopes in the study of minor bodies of the Solar System (MBOSS), with the goal of identifying those areas where the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) are required to progress. This also leads to a discussion of the synergies between large and small telescopes. It is clear that the new facilities that will become available in the next decades will allow us to discover smaller and more distant objects (completing size distributions) and to characterise and even resolve larger individual bodies and multiple systems, however we must also recognise that there is still much to be learned from wide surveys that require more time on more telescopes than can ever be available on ELTs. Smaller telescopes are still required to discover and characterise large samples of MBOSS.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 1573-0794
Keywords: telescopes; photometry; solar system
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Space
Item ID: 43103
Depositing User: Colin Snodgrass
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 15:25
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 10:09
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