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Gerald
post May 23 2016, 05:13 PM
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QUOTE (HSchirmer @ May 21 2016, 10:14 PM) *
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Real interesting thing is whether they can be synchronized, like the VLA, as a synthetic aperture array. Would be really interesting to have a 10 telescope array functioning as a 13 million meter telescope.

This would require to combine them as an interferometer.
This means essentially redirecting the light of the telescopes to a common instrument. At least within my limited knowledge, that's currently not technically feasible over thousands of km in the optical range of wavelengths.
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post Jul 5 2016, 06:15 PM
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http://phys.org/news/2016-04-pluto-horizon...lt-journey.html

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The new mission is on target for a Jan. 1, 2019, flyby of Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69, but that is one of many, said Stern. New Horizons spacecraft could visit 20 different Kuiper Belt Objects. The spacecraft is currently healthy and has enough power for 20 years, he added.


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post Jul 5 2016, 06:25 PM
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I suspect that's a misunderstanding of the intent to study phase functions of 20 Kuiper belt objects from afar, during the cruise, not to "visit" them in the sense of doing flybys.


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Alan Stern
post Jul 5 2016, 06:58 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Jul 5 2016, 06:25 PM) *
I suspect that's a misunderstanding of the intent to study phase functions of 20 Kuiper belt objects from afar, during the cruise, not to "visit" them in the sense of doing flybys.



We will do much more than just phase curves-- also lightcurves, shapes, ring searches, possibly even atmospheric searches using stellar occultations, but we won't be close enough to resolve any except MU69. As to that target though, we will come closer and plan to do much higher resolution imaging than we did at Pluto.
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post Jul 7 2016, 03:07 PM
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Thank you for the clearification Alan. smile.gif
And yes there's at least one small object with a ring, Chariklo - a double one. So it rings might be well worth looking for.


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post Jul 8 2016, 09:38 PM
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post Dec 23 2016, 04:36 AM
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post Feb 1 2017, 08:51 PM
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Another TCM completed! https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-r...-for-next-flyby
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post Apr 4 2017, 04:18 AM
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Halfway there:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-h...xt-flyby-target

Images taken of where MU69 should be but its still invisible...
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post Apr 6 2017, 03:22 PM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Apr 4 2017, 05:18 AM) *
Halfway there:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-h...xt-flyby-target

Images taken of where MU69 should be but its still invisible...


The image runs without trouble through astrometry.net; scale is 1.06 arc-seconds per pixel, it's in northern Sagittarius (18 18 49 -20 53 13)

http://nova.astrometry.net/user_images/1573114#annotated

The fuzzy blob in the top right corner is a reflection nebula, so an honest fuzzy blob on the sky; the optical portion doesn't seem to have a name, the nebula is much more obvious in infra-red (use sky.esa.int and the 2MASS sky)
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