The 155-cm reflector was used for observations of comets and minor planets on 32 nights during April-October. The distribution was fairly uniform, ranging from 45 in June and September to 28 in July: on September 1 a total of 17 observations was made. A table is included which lists the 230 measurements published during the semester. These include six additional measurements going back to 1984 and the republication of a previously misidentified 1976 observation as a new discovery. Thirty-two of the observations refer to comets, 83 to numbered minor planets, and the remainder to unnumbered minor planets. Among the older-numbered minor planets observed were the Earth-approaching objects (3103) 1982 BB, (3199) 1982 RA (Nefertiti), (3361) 1982 HR and (3362) 1984 QA (Khufu), some of which were of interest for radar experiments. Unnumbered Earth-approaching objects observed were 1963 RH, 1983 RD, 1985 TB and 1986 DA, as well as the new discoveries 1986 JK, 1986 LA and 1986 PA.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Report
- Pub Date:
- November 1986
- Space Observations (From Earth);
- Position (Location);
- Solar System;