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Thoughts on the Observation of Occultations by Near-Earth Asteroids

JOA 2022, Vol. 12, No. 4, Page 11

Author(s): Roger Venable, David W. Dunham

Abstract: Predictions of occultations by near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) have been improved by a step-wise approach in which radar observations are followed by a major campaign of occultation observers, after which some confirmatory observations are made. These occultation observations are difficult due to the narrowness of the paths, the brevity of the events, and the peculiar appearances of the expected light curves. Scintillation noise and instrument noise limit an observer's ability to successfully document these events even when other problems are solved. It is expected that cameras of the near future will have lower noise and will assist in this effort.