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Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 92, Issue 1–4, pp 465–476 | Cite as

Project Pan-STARRS and the Outer Solar System

  • David Jewitt
Article

Abstract

Pan-STARRS, a funded project to repeatedly survey the entire visiblesky to faint limiting magnitudes (mR∼ 24), will have asubstantial impact on the study of the Kuiper Belt and outer solarsystem. We briefly review the Pan-STARRS design philosophy and sketchsome of the planetary science areas in which we expect this facility tomake its mark. Pan-STARRS will find ∼20,000 Kuiper Belt Objectswithin the first year of operation and will obtain accurate astrometryfor all of them on a weekly or faster cycle. We expect that it willrevolutionise our knowledge of the contents and dynamical structure ofthe outer solar system.

Keywords

Solar System Dynamical Structure Funded Project Science Area Design Philosophy 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Jewitt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for AstronomyHonolulu, HIUSA

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