Most near-earth asteroid (NEA) surveys are conducted near opposition within 40 degrees of the ecliptic. This leaves large portions of sky both north and south of the ecliptic uncovered each month. High ecliptic latitude surveys, while yielding fewer new objects, are biased toward NEA's, as well as high inclination main belt asteroids and long period comets. We are in the process of carrying out a systematic survey of the near-opposition sky at ecliptic latitudes 30 to 60 degrees with the f/3 0.41m University of Arizona Catalina Schmidt. A total of 13500 square degrees have been scanned to date, resulting in the discoveries of 64 new or lost asteroids.
Completing the Inventory of the Solar System
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- NEAR-EARTH ASTEROIDS;
- ASTEROID SURVEYS;