Faulkes Telescope Observations


Asteroids, comets

During our time at the observatory we booked time on a telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii to observe several comets and asteroids, including a near-earth asteroid BP58, which was discovered in 2009. We collected three consecutive images of BP58 and used software called GAIA. On GAIA we overlaid the images to see the movement of the asteroid. Once the asteroid was recognised and, with some checks made for error, we found the Right Ascension and Declination. We sent these results to the Minor Planet Centre.

Other targets observed and results sent to Minor Planet Centre:
near-earth asteroids 337866, 411201, Sisyphus, 2016 CJ30
suspected Martian Trojan asteroid 2016 CP31
comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)



Supernova

*** NGC 5128 ***

Supernova in galaxy NGC 5128. Image obtained using 1 meter telescope at Siding Spring, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory. Click on image to enlarge.



Messier objects

*** Sombrero ***

The Sombrero Galaxy. 3 colour images which we combined using DS9. Images obtained using 1 meter telescope at Siding Spring, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory.



*** M78 ***

The reflection nebula Messier 78. Three colour images obtained using the Faulkes Telescope North at Haleakala, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory.


We are very grateful to Las Cumbres Observatory and the Faulkes Telescope Project for this observing opportunity.


- Sarah Wallace, Daniel Molloy, Pearce Quirke

2016 February 26th


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Last Revised: 2015 March 10th