Spectroscopy of solar system bodies with 2-m class telescopes

Fitzsimmons, A. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


Over 700,000 minor bodies discovered orbiting our Sun. Only a small fraction have spectra. Optical spectroscopy by 2-m class telescopes is able to provide mineralogy of many interesting populations of asteroids that are still relatively poorly studied. The composition of active comets is also an area of research giving clues to the formation of these bodies. Finally, the growing number of transient or active objects, including asteroid collisions and outbursting centaurs, require rapid observations. I will give an overview on what is possible with facilities such as the Yunnan Observatory 2.4-m, and indicate some potential areas of high-impact research.
Period25 Jun 201727 Jun 2017
Event titleFrom Lijiang to the Oort Cloud: International workshop on Solar system small bodies exploration
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLijiang, China
Degree of RecognitionInternational