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The Corralitos Observatory program for the detection of lunar transient phenomena
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Author and Affiliation:
Hynek, J. A.(Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL, United States);
Dunlap, J. R.(Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL, United States);
Hendry, E. M.(Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL, United States)
Abstract: This is a final report on the establishment, observing procedures, and observational results of a survey program for the detection of lunar transient phenomena (LTP's) by electro-optical image conversion means. For survey, a unique detection system with an image orthicon was used as the primary element in conjunction with a 24-in. f/20 Cassegrainian telescope. Observations in three spectral ranges, with 6,466 man-hours of observing, were actually performed during the period from October 27, 1965, to April 26, 1972. Within this entire period, no color or feature change within the detection capabilities of the instrumentation was observed, either independently or in follow up of amateur LTP reports, with the exception of one general bluing and several localized bluings (probably ascribable to the effects of the terrestrial atmosphere) that were observed solely by the Corralitos system. A table is presented indicating amateur and professional reports of LTP's and the results of efforts to confirm these reports through the Corralitos system.
Publication Date: Apr 01, 1976
Document ID:
19760016037
(Acquired Nov 18, 1995)
Accession Number: 76N23125
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: NASA-CR-147888
Document Type: Technical Report
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NSG-497
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Northwestern Univ.; Evanston, IL, United States
Description: 28p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES; CASSEGRAIN OPTICS; CATHODE RAY TUBES; COLOR; COMETS; ELECTRO-OPTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY; IMAGE ORTHICONS; LUNAR ALBEDO; LUNAR RADIATION; LUNAR SURFACE; PLANETS; SUPERNOVAE; TELESCOPES
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