Professional Asteroid Search Projects
Dedicated Asteroid Projects:
- Spacewatch - Robert McMillan. Research Professor at Lunar & Planetary Laboratory. Original asteroid search project. Min instruments are 1.8-m and 0.9-m telescopes at Kitt Peak.
- Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT)—Elinor Helin. At JPL. Operations at two sites: Palomar & Haleakla
- Lowell Near-Earth Object survey (LONEOS)
- Lincoln Laboratory’s Near-Earth Asteroid Search (LINEAR)
- Catalina Sky Survey—Steve Larson. Research professor at Lunar & Planetary Laboratory. One of half-dozen prominent asteroid search projects nationwide. Main instruments are 0.76-m Schmidt on Mt. Bigelow, and 1-m telescope in Siding springs, Austl.
- Bisei Spaceguard, Japan
- Pan-STARRS—NEO search project at University of Hawaii. Building four 1.8-m telescopes. First light for first telescope early 2006. forerunner to LSST.
- Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Archive—Zelko Ivezic, University of Washington. Astronomer working on asteroid discovery and classification using SDSS data. Has authored or co-authored main papers on SDSS asteroid science results.
- Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)