NOAO Survey: Mutual Orbits of Binary Transneptunian Objects

A recently-complete NOAO Survey program (2011-2014) acquired Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) imaging data at the 8 meter Gemini Telescopes. The project was led by W. Grundy, H. Roe, and S. Porter at Lowell Observatory, in collaboration with C. Trujillo at Gemini Observatory and K. Noll at NASA GSFC, and was funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

LGS image of a binary TNO, well-resolved at 73 mas separation. © Gemini Observatory/AURA