The main-belt comets: The Pan-STARRS1 perspective

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We analyze a set of 760 475 observations of 333 026 unique main-belt objects obtained by the Pan-STAR- RS1 (PS1) survey telescope between 2012 May 20 and 2013 November 9, a period during which PS1 dis- covered two main-belt comets, P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS) and P/2013 R3 (Catalina-PANSTARRS). PS1 comet detection procedures currently consist of the comparison of the point spread functions (PSFs) of moving objects to those of reference stars, and the flagging of objects…
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