A search for asteroids and comets, particularly those passing close to Earth, undertaken with the 0.68-m Catalina Schmidt telescope of Steward Observatory on Mt Bigelow, Arizona. The Catalina Sky Survey began in 1992 under the name Bigelow Sky Survey, but changed to the current name in 1998. The Catalina Schmidt telescope was upgraded from 0.4-m to 0.68-m aperture in 2003. Follow-up observations, and searches for fainter objects, are undertaken by the 1.5-m telescope at nearby Mount Lemmon Observatory. Southern sky coverage is provided by a cooperating survey at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia.
http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/css/ Official project website.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.