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Weather analysis and processing verification for space debris photometric observations
Author(s): Xiao-qin Xu; Xiao-jun Jiang; Ming Li; Xin Gao; Liang-liang Wang
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Paper Abstract

The light curve of space debris can provide the basic target identification information. Photometric data of space target obtained by ground-based equipment are affected by weather condition, observation equipment, detector performance, etc. Among these factors, the poor weather condition during the observations could cause worst effects in the photometric data. The light curves will be smooth and regular under photometric conditions, while irregular in nonphotometric nights. In addition, we can not distinguish what caused the abnormal brightness variations between weather and other factors from the traditional photometric data. Our study shows that by obtaining simultaneous light curves of background stars with an independent telescope close to the main telescope with dedicated observing tactics, we can verify the influence factors of the photometric variations in non-photometric nights.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8558, Optoelectronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology II, 855820 (30 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.999636
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Xiao-qin Xu, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
Xiao-jun Jiang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Ming Li, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
Xin Gao, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)
Liang-liang Wang, Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8558:
Optoelectronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology II
Tsutomu Shimura; Guangyu Xu; Linmi Tao; Jesse Zheng, Editor(s)

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