Kvistaberg: Observing programmes

  • U D A S
    U.D.A.S. is a dedicated programme to search and follow-up asteroids and comets, with special emphasis on Near Earth Objects - NEOs, in cooperation and support of global efforts in NEO-research, initiated by the WGNEO of the IAU, and the Spaceguard Foundation.
    It is operated as a joint venture between the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory - UAO, Uppsala, Sweden and the DLR - Institute of Space Sensor Technology and Planetary Exploration, Berlin-Adlershof, Germany. The current system uses a 2k CCD camera, mounted in the prime focus of the Schmidt telescope, in combination with an automated asteroid detection software package.
    On March 21, 2001, the first NEO was discovered, the Amor asteroid 2001 FX9.
    Examples of old observing programmes

    Space physics:   SAMNET    (1987-2003)
    SAMNET is one of the UK National Facilities for Solar Terrestrial Physics. It is operated by the Magnetospheric Physics Group in the Department of Physics at the University of York. The stations are equipped with fluxgate magnetometers which continuously record natural variations in the Earth's magnetic field, one of these was situated at Kvistaberg Observatory.
    (Geomagnetical measurements have long traditions at Uppsala university, started by Celsius and continued by Svanberg and Ångström.)


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