TAOS - The taiwanese-American occultation survey

M. J. Lehner, C. Alcock, T. Axelrod, F. Bianco, Y. I. Byun, W. P. Chen, K. H. Cook, R. Dave, I. De Pater, J. Giammarco, S. K. King, T. Lee, J. Lissauer, S. L. Marshall, S. Mondal, T. Nihei, J. Rice, M. Schwamb, A. Wang, S. Y. WangC. Y. Wen, Z. W. Zhang

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The Taiwanese-American Occultation Survey (TAOS) seeks to determine the number and size spectrum for small (∼3 km) bodies in the Kuiper Belt. This will be accomplished by searching for the brief occultations of bright stars (R ∼ 14) by these objects. We have designed and built a special purpose photometric monitoring system for this purpose. TAOS comprises four 50 cm telescopes, each equipped with a 2048 times; 2048 pixel CCD camera, in a compact array located in the central highlands of Taiwan. TAOS will monitor up to 2 000 stars at 5 Hz. The system went into scientific operation in the autumn of 2005.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-817
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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