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PST1A01:

A Novel Way to Measure the Distance to an Asteroid
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:00 PM -8:45 PM
  Author: Richard Dietz, University of Northern Colorado
9703512950, rdietz@unco.edu
  Co-Author(s): Maurice I. Woods , James P McDonald , Hunter P Nolen , Travis W Riggle
  Abstract: We have successfully measured the distance between the Earth and a main belt asteroid, 298 Baptistina. We used remotely operated telescopes in New Mexico and Spain to take simultaneous images of the asteroid. The position of the asteroid with respect to the background stars was slightly different in the two images, and application of the method of parallax to the images enabled an accurate determination of the distance to the asteroid.
  Footnotes: None
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