Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 113–124

Procedures, Resources and Selected Results of the Deep Ecliptic Survey


  • M. W. Buie
    • Lowell Observatory
  • R. L. Millis
    • Lowell Observatory
  • L. H. Wasserman
    • Lowell Observatory
  • J. L. Elliot
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lowell Observatory
  • S. D. Kern
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • K. B. Clancy
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • E. I. Chiang
    • University of California at Berkeley
  • A. B. Jordan
    • University of California at Berkeley
  • K. J. Meech
    • University of Hawaii
  • R. M. Wagner
    • Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
  • D. E. Trilling
    • University of Pennsylvania

DOI: 10.1023/

Cite this article as:
Buie, M.W., Millis, R.L., Wasserman, L.H. et al. Earth, Moon, and Planets (2003) 92: 113. doi:10.1023/


The Deep Ecliptic Survey is a project whose goal is to survey a largearea of the near-ecliptic region to a faint limiting magnitude (R ∼24) in search of objects in the outer solar system. We are collectinga large homogeneous data sample from the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-m and CerroTololo Blanco 4-m telescopes with the Mosaic prime-focus CCD cameras.Our goal is to collect a sample of 500 objects with good orbits to furtherour understanding of the dynamical structure of the outer solar system.This survey has been in progress since 1998 and is responsible for 272designated discoveries as of March 2003. We summarize our techniques,highlight recent results, and describe publically available resources.

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