We present a new fast-moving object survey that will initially focus on finding Near Earth Objects in the Evryscopes' enormous field of view. The Evryscopes are a pair of northern and southern hemisphere systems, each consisting of an array of small telescopes, totaling a field of view of 16,512 sq. deg. Using the Evryscope Fast Transient Engine (EFTE), we now have the capability of searching for bright fast moving astronomical objects across the entire sky, while operating at two-minute cadence. EFTE generates candidates which EFTE-rocks, our transient linking pipeline, associates into tracklets. These tracklets become "tracks" when enough points are linked together. We solve for these tracks' orbits using standard orbit determination software and the resulting solution is cross-checked against the Minor Planet Center. Given our huge field of view, we hope to contribute to the current database of known Near Earth Objects and look for new fast moving detections that may have been previously missed by more conventional surveys.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #235
- Pub Date:
- January 2020