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Amateur Astronomer Discovers Apollo Asteroid

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#1 John Rogers

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 12:34 AM

With the professional surveys covering most of the sky with detections beyond 20th magnitude, I thought that the days of amateur astronomers discovering near-Earth asteroids were behind us.

 

Not so! Using a new and powerful synthetic tracking software package developed by fellow CN member Daniel Parrott, see https://www.cloudyni...s-with-tycho/, Mike Holbrook discovered a fast moving object on a stack of images he obtained on January 22nd.

 

Using Tycho-Tracker, Mike was able to obtain three high-quality observations that he reported to the Minor Planet Center.  One of the big surveys picked it up a full three days after Mike’s discovery and a second one a day later.  See the discovery announcement here: https://www.minorpla...K20/K20BJ4.html.

 

I see a very bright future for Tycho-Tracker!

 

Congratulations Mike Holbrook and Daniel Parrott!


Edited by John Rogers, 28 January 2020 - 12:36 AM.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 04:29 AM

Well yippie yi yo kayah!

 

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 07:13 AM

Very interesting software. We are likely to all need similarly innovative software in the years to come to find (and remove) the tracks from the tens of thousands of satellites from Starlink and the like




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