PSI Senior Scientist and Senior Education Specialist Jennifer Grier observed asteroids using the 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Ariz.
Grier spent five nights investigating a specific set of asteroids co-orbiting around the sun with Jupiter called Trojan asteroids. The observing run is part of a larger survey to map out abundances of asteroid color groups vs. size, orbit and other factors, which will lend insight into the origin of these asteroids and the implications for early solar system history.
Above, PSI’s Jennifer Grier operates the 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Above, The circled asteroid image is smeared because the asteroid is moving at a different rate than the stars relative to the telescope.
Above, the 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.