The Great Inter-site, Inter-program Parallactic Quadrangulation Experiment of 2016


Over the coming days, Etscorn Observatory (719), Sommers-Bausch Observatory (463), and Leitner Observatory (797), and NIRo Observatory (W11) will attempt to take simultaneous observations of NEA 2002 KL6. KL6 is the obvious choice: It’s making its closest approach to Earth on July 22 and is high in the sky pretty much all night. It’s moving ridiculously fast (8+ “/min) but it’s also ridiculously bright (V = 13.8). The Moon is entering its Waxing Obnoxious phase, but KL6 remains a healthy 55+ degrees removed from the Moon’s hateful, shadow-casting glare.

Here’s the procedure: you don’t need to do anything special. I will be responsible for any necessary ephemerides or finding charts. Teams will go up to Etscorn as scheduled. I will be coordinating with Dr. Falscheer at CU-B and Dr. Faison at Yale. If/when conditions are right, I will preempt whatever’s going on & the team on shift will capture a few minutes’ worth of KL6 data.

Expect this attempt to start Sunday or Monday evening.

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