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Detecting Interstellar Objects Through Stellar Occultations

By SpaceRef Editor
January 9, 2020
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Amir Siraj, Abraham Loeb

(Submitted on 8 Jan 2020)

Stellar occultations have been used to search for Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud objects. We propose a search for interstellar objects based on the characteristic durations (∼0.1s) of their stellar occultation signals and high inclination relative to the ecliptic plane. An all-sky monitoring program of ∼2×107 stars with an R-band magnitude of 14 using 1-m telescopes with 0.1s cadences, is predicted to discover ≳5 interstellar objects per year.

Comments: 5 pages, 4 figures, 1 table; submitted to ApJL

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Cite as: arXiv:2001.02681 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2001.02681v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Amir Siraj 

[v1] Wed, 8 Jan 2020 19:00:01 UTC (108 KB)

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