77870 MOTESS

This minor planet is named after the Moving Object and Transient Event Search System, a three-telescope observational instrument located in Tucson, Arizona that has been operational since April 2001. Since that time, it has discovered many near-Earth asteroids, comets, and variable star candidates.

The symbol for this minor planet is a telescope with three heads, rendered as the symbol for Telescopium with two additional short diagonal lines on the right side, above and below the original one, with an asteroidal star above.


Above: an image of the telescopes used in the MOTESS project. [2]

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[1] Roy A. Tuckler, "MOTESS: THE MOVING OBJECT AND TRANSIENT EVENT SEARCH SYSTEM," Oct. 2007, http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1086/520641/pdf

[2] http://gpobs.home.mindspring.com/gpobs.htm


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