Galaxy Blues Observatory



When doing astrometry, you are measuring an object's position in the sky. Since the targets that I'm interested in are always moving (asteroids), the position changes with time. By reporting these positions accurately to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center (IAU-MPC site), they can verify and correct the orbital elements they have to predict future asteroid positions (which is useful, since this helps NASA and other agencies plan the paths of their spacecraft sent to them for exploration for example, or determine if we need to send Bruce Willis in space!

Here are the steps (there are many, I'll break them into multiple pages when I have more time!) that I go through to collect astrometric data for asteroids.

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