Gordon Garradd currently operates the only NEO observing program in the southern hemisphere. Based in Loomberah, New South Wales in Australia, Garradd will use his Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant to complete a 45-centimeter (18-inch) Newtonian telescope now under construction and to acquire a larger, higher-grade imaging sensor (a CCD, or charge coupled device).
Kirill Zamarashkin is the project coordinator for a joint Russian-Ukrainian search program at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory. This team of scientists has been studying NEOs for 30 years and has discovered 910 minor bodies, 12 percent of the currently numbered minor planets. The grant money will be used to help construct the first element of an automatic complex to search for NEOs.
Walter Wild, an astronomer at the University of Chicago, leads a group of amateur astronomers who are conducting a NEO search from Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin. The grant money will be used to refurbish their 24-inch (61-centimeter) telescope and to bring their spectrograph to operational capacity for use with a 41-inch (104-centimeter) telescope used for follow-up classification of NEOs.
Bill Holiday is an amateur astronomer based in Texas. Working from a home-built rotating roof-observatory, Holiday will supply additional data to professional astronomers to help them make orbit predictions for NEOs. The grant will be used to upgrade his equipment.
The Planetary Society would like to thank the other Shoemaker NEO Grant applicants.
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