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Paper: SSOS: A Moving Object Image Search Tool for Asteroid Precovery at the CADC
Volume: 461, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXI
Page: 789
Authors: Gwyn, S.; Hill, N.; Kavelaars, J.
Abstract: While regular archive searches can find images at a fixed location, they cannot find images of moving targets such as asteroids. The Solar System Object Search (SSOS) at the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre allows users to search for images of moving objects. SSOS accepts as input either a list of observations, an object designation, a set of orbital elements, or a user-generated ephemeris for an object. It then searches for observations of that object over a range of dates. The user is then presented with a list of images containing that object from a variety of archives. Initially created to search the CFHT MegaCam archive, SSOS has been extended to other telescope archives including Gemini, Subaru/SuprimeCam, HST, and several ESO instruments for a total of 1.6 million images. The SSOS tool is located on the web at:
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