September 22, 2011: At the Edges of the Solar System

The small bodies of the Solar System have a story to tell about the history of our Solar System. Near Earth Objects — asteroids whose orbits bring them near the Earth’s orbit — are interesting both because they sample compositions from throughout the Solar System and because they can, and do, hit the Earth. Kuiper Belt Objects, at the outer edge of the Solar System, are, in contrast, relatively primordial and record the formation environment in the early Solar System. In my talk, I will present our latest results in studies of both Near Earth Objects and Kuiper Belt Objects, focusing on new results obtained with data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the STEREO mission.

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