National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Asteroid Science Observations from Stargazing Party Telescope

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The telescope and equipment. Although Mitaka Campus is in an urban area, valuable scientific results can be obtained.

The 50-cm Telescope for Public Outreach, located in NAOJ Mitaka Campus, is regularly used for stargazing. It also conducts serious scientific research. Observations made with special equipment attached to this telescope found that asteroid Phaethon has unique characteristics.

During NAOJ stargazing parties you can actually look through the telescope that produced these results.

These results of asteroid Phaethon were published as Shinnaka et al. “Inversion angle of phase-polarization curve of near-Earth asteroid (3200) Phaethon” in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on 2018 September 10 (online).

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