CfA OIR Division Lunch Talks

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 12:30 pm, Pratt Conference Room

Chasing Shadows:
Occultation Surveys of the Outer Solar System

Ms. Federica Bianco (CfA)

The outer solar system is still largely unprobed and unknown. I will describe the occultation technique -- the only known method to explore the small and the very distant objects that populate the outer solar system. I will talk about the difficulties encountered and the achievements of this peculiar observational method, with particular attention to the TAOS and the MMT/Megacam surveys.