Abstract Details

Title: ATLAS: An Asteroid Warning System

Authors: John Tonry

Institute/Affiliation: Institute for Astronomy University of Hawaii

Abstract Type: talk

Abstract Information:

I will discuss a proposal to NASA to build a telescope system that can scan the entire visible sky to m=20 twice a night. This system is intended to provide days to weeks warning of impending, serious asteroid impact. The system consists of eight independent telescopes and detectors that must operate fully robotically, along with a reduction and analysis pipeline that must process 0.5GB of imagery per minute with a latency of no more than a minute. This system is intended to be infinitely extensible for a cost of about $200k per unit telescope and detector. I will also describe some of the interesting science from the outside the solar system that is amenable to this range of sensitivity and time coverage.