Herschel Space Observatory and Planck
(and debris objects)
The above image is the sum of six single exposures of 120s
each with 10min cadence. They were made on 2009 May 16 between 2:45 UT and 3:45
UT with one of La Sagra Sky Survey's 45-cm f/2.8 telescopes. Prior to these
circulars #213 and #214 published observations of Herschel and Planck by
Richard Miles (E10 Siding Spring-Faulkes Telescope South) and by Peter
Birtwhistle (J95 Great Shefford).
Stack of nine 120s exposures showing the trails of six
objects related to the Herschel/Planck mission.
The above stack is the sum of nine single images of 120s exposure time each with about 3min cadence. They were made on 2009 May 16 between 21:45 UT and 22:15 UT with one of La Sagra Sky Survey's 45-cm f/2.8 telescopes. Due to the nature of the siderial rate image stacking, the moving objects appear much fainter than on the single images and the two new objects labeled 5 and 6 are hardly visible on the stack.
A zoom view of the objects 4 to 6 is therefore provided in the right part of the collage, showing the faint trails of the objects 5 and 6 more clearly.
The upper left zoom window shows a time sequence of the objects 4 to 6. The nine images were this time stacked in sets of three. Two parallel lines were added to show the separation of the upper stage (object 4) and the two others on the first stack. It is easily visible how the two faint objects drift away from the upper stage already within half an hour.
For more telescopic tracking information of Herschel/Planck and news regarding the ID of the other objects please check the Minor Planet Mailing List as well as MPC's DASO circulars.
About LSSS: The La Sagra Sky Survey is a survey for asteroids and comets, conducted at the Observatorio de La Sagra (OLS) in Andalusia, Spain. It is operated by the Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca (OAM), Balearic Islands, Spain.
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