Projects and Publications

Observing Projects

Most of our research is related to predicting and observing stellar occultations by Pluto and Kuiper Belt objects (KBO). Wallace Observatory also monitors extrasolar planet transits, measures asteroid light curves (to determine spin vectors and shapes of main belt asteroids), and to predicts shadow paths for stellar occultations by Pluto and other solar system bodies. Future observing plans may include asteroid rotation lightcurves, occultation candidate stars, follow-up work on near-Earth objects, comets, and Kuiper belt objects. We also have begun developing the ability to track man-made objects such as low-earth orbit satellites (LEOs).

Below, are lists of peer-reviewed publications, graduate theses, undergraduate theses, reports to MIT's president and news media articles.

Publications

Journal Articles

Some articles may be available through the ADS Abstract Service.

Graduate Theses

Undergraduate Theses

MIT Reports to the President

News Articles