Scott S. Sheppard's Publications



S. Sheppard, D. Jewitt, C. Trujillo, M. Brown, and M. Ashley, "A Wide-Field CCD Survey for Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects" 2000, AJ, 120, 2687.

W. Brandner, S. Sheppard, H. Zinnecker, L. Close, F. Iwamuro, A. Krabbe, T. Maihara, K. Motohara, D. Padgett, and A. Tokunaga "VLT-Detection of Two Edge-On Circumstellar Disks in the rho Oph Dark Cloud" 2000, AA, 364, L13.

Y. Fernandez, D. Jewitt, S. Sheppard "Low Albedos Among Extinct Comet Candidates" 2001, ApJ, 553, 197L.

W. Brandner, D. Potter, S. Sheppard, A. Moneti, and H. Zinnecker "The Evolution of Circumstellar Disks: Lessons from the VLT and ISO" 2001, in "The Origin of Stars and Planets: The VLT View" (ESO Publication), Eds. J. Alves and M. McCaughrean, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.

D. Jewitt and S. Sheppard "Physical Properties of the Trans-Neptunian Object (20000) Varuna" 2002, AJ, 123, 2110.

S. Sheppard and D. Jewitt "Time-Resolved Photometry of Kuiper Belt Objects: Rotations, Shapes and Phase Functions" 2002, AJ, 124, 1757.

Y. Fernandez, D. Jewitt, S. Sheppard "Thermal Properties of Centaurs Asbolus and Chiron" 2002, AJ, 123, 1050.

S. Sheppard and D. Jewitt "The Shapes, Densities, and Phase Functions of Trans-Neptunian Objects" 2002, in "Proceedings of Asteroids, Comets and Meteors" Ed. B. Warmbein, ESA Special Publication Series.

N. McBride, S. Green, J. Davies, D. Tholen, S. Sheppard, R. Whiteley, and J. Hillier "Visible and Infrared Photometry of Kuiper Belt Objects: Searching for Evidence of Trends" 2003, Icarus, 161, 501-510.

S. Sheppard and D. Jewitt "An Abundant Population of Small Irregular Satellites Around Jupiter" 2003, Nature, 423, 261-263.

D. Jewitt, S. Sheppard, and Y. Fernandez "143P/Kowal-Mrkos and the Shapes of Cometary Nuclei" 2003, AJ, 125, 3366-3377.

Y. Fernandez, S. Sheppard, and D. Jewitt "The Albedo Distribution of Jovian Trojan Asteroids" 2003, AJ, 126, 1563.

S. Sheppard and D. Jewitt "Hawaii Kuiper Belt Variability Project: An Update" 2003, Earth, Moon and Planets, 92, 207-219.

D. Jewitt and S. Sheppard "The Nucleus of Comet 48P/Johnson" 2004, AJ, 127, 1784.

S. Sheppard and D. Jewitt "Extreme Kuiper Belt Object 2001 QG298 and the Fraction of Contact Binaries" 2004, AJ, 127, 3023.

D. Jewitt, S. Sheppard, and C. Porco "Jupiter's Outer Satellites and Trojans" 2004, in "Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere" ed. F. Bagenal, T. Dowling and W. McKinnon, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), Chap. 12.

S. Sheppard and D. Jewitt "The Abundant Irregular Satellites of the Giant Planets" in "Highlights of Astronomy" Vol. 13, International Astronomical Union, Ed. O. Engvold.

S. Sheppard, D. Jewitt and J. Kleyna "A Survey for Outer Satellites of Mars: Limits to Completeness" 2004, AJ, 128, 2542.

D. Jewitt and S. Sheppard "Irregular Satellites in the Context of Planet Formation" 2005, Space Sci. Rev., 116, 441.

S. Sheppard, D. Jewitt and J. Kleyna "Ultra Deep Survey for Irregular Satellites of Uranus: Limits to Completeness" 2005, AJ, 129, 518.

Y. Fernandez, D. Jewitt and S. Sheppard "Albedos of Asteroids in Comet-Like Orbits" 2005, AJ, 130, 308.

P. Abell, Y. Fernandez, P. Pravec, L. French, T. Farnham, M. M. Gaffey, P. Hardersen, P. Kusnirak, L. Sarounnova, S. Sheppard and G. Narayan "Physical Characteristics of Comet Nucleus C/2001 OG108 (LONEOS)" 2005, Icarus, 179, 174.

S. Sheppard "A planet more, a planet less" 2006, Nature, 439, 541.

S. Sheppard "Outer Irregular Satellites of the Planets and Their Relationship with Asteroids, Comets and Kuiper Belt Objects" 2006, invited review in "Asteroids, Comets and Meteors: IAU Symposium 229" ed. D. Lazzaro, S. Ferraz-Mello and J. Fernandez, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 319-334.

S. Sheppard, D. Jewitt and J. Kleyna "A Survey for "Normal" Irregular Satellites Around Neptune: Limits to Completeness" 2006, Astron. J., 132, 171.

S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo "A Thick Cloud of Neptune Trojans and Their Colors" 2006, Science, 313, 511-514.

S. Sheppard "Small Bodies in the Outer Solar System" 2006, invited review for New Horizons in Astronomy, ASP Conference Series, 352, 3.

S. Sheppard "Dwarf Plutonian Planets and other Large Kuiper Belt Objects: Their Rotations, Phase Functions and Absolute Magnitudes" 2007, Astron. J., 134, 787.

E. Berger, D. Fox, P. Price, ... S. Sheppard, ... et al. "A New Population of High Redshift Short-Duration Gamma-Ray Bursts" 2007, ApJ, 664, 1000.

P. Nicholson, M. Cuk, S. Sheppard, D. Nesvorny, T. Johnson "Irregular Satellites of the Giant Planets" chapter in "The Solar System Beyond Neptune" ed. A. Barucci, H. Boehnhardt, D. Cruikshank and A. Morbidelli, (Tucson: Univ. of Arizona Press), 2008.

S. Sheppard, P. Lacerda, J. Ortiz "Photometric Light Curves of Trans-Neptunian Objects and Centaurs: Rotations, Shapes and Densities" chapter in "The Solar System Beyond Neptune" ed. A Barucci, H. Boehnhardt, D. Cruikshank and A. Morbidelli, (Tuscson: Univ. of Arizona Press), 2008.

S. Sheppard and M. Cushing "An Infrared High Proper Motion Survey Using The 2MASS and SDSS: Discovery of M, L, and T Dwarfs" 2009, Astron. J., 137, 304-314.

M. Brucker, W. Grundy, J. Stansberry, J. Spencer, S. Sheppard, E. Chiang and M. Buie "High Albedos of Low Inclination Classical Kuiper Belt Objects" 2009, Icarus, 201, 284-294.

S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo "A Survey for Satellites of Venus" 2009, Icarus, 202, 12-16.

S. Sheppard "The Colors of Extreme Outer Solar System Objects" 2010, Astron. J., 139, 1394-1405.

J. Elliot, M. Person, C. Zuluaga,.. S. Sheppard, ... et al. "Size and Albedo of Kuiper Belt Object 55636 from a Stellar Occultation" 2010, Nature, 465, 897-900.

S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo "Detection of a Trailing (L5) Neptune Trojan" 2010, Science, 329, 1304.

S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo "The Size Distribution of the Neptune Trojans and the Missing Intermediate Sized Planetesimals" 2010, ApJ, 723, L233-L237.

J. Li, M. Kuchner, R. Allen and S. Sheppard "Measuring the Sizes, Shapes, Surface Features and Rotations of Solar System Objects with Interferometry" 2011, Icarus, 211, 1007-1021.

C. Trujillo, S. Sheppard, and E. Schaller "A Photometric System for Detection of Water and Methane Ices on Kuiper Belt Objects" 2011, ApJ, 730, 105.

M. Brozovic, R. Jacobson and S. Sheppard "The Orbits of Neptune's Outer Satellites" 2011, AJ, 141, 135.

S. Sheppard, A. Udalski, C. Trujillo, M. Kubiak, G. Pietrzynski, R. Poleski, I. Soszynski, M. Szymanski and K. Ulaczyk "A Southern Sky and Galactic Plane Survey for Bright Kuiper Belt Objects" 2011, AJ, 142, 98.

N. Moskovitz, Yang, B., Lim, L.,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "The Near-Earth Encounter of Asteroid 2005 YU55: Visible and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy" 2012, LPI, 43, 2080.

S. Sheppard, D. Ragozzine, and C. Trujillo "2007 TY430: A Cold Classical Kuiper Belt Type Binary in the Plutino Population" 2012, AJ, 143, 58.

S. Sheppard "The Color Differences of Kuiper Belt Objects in Resonance with Neptune" 2012, AJ, 144, 169.

G. Mace, D. Kirkpatrick, M. Cushing,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "A Study of the Diverse T Dwarf Population Revealed by WISE" 2013, ApJS, 205, 6.

A. Parker, M. Buie, D. Osip,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "Discovery of a High-Inclination L5 Neptune Trojan in the Search for a Post-Pluto New Horizons Target" 2013, AJ, 145, 96.

S. Benecchi and S. Sheppard "Light Curves of 32 Large Transneptunian Objects" 2013, AJ, 145, 124.

H. Hsieh, H. Kaluna, B. Novakovic,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "Main-Belt Comet P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS)" 2013, ApJ Letters, 771, 1.

M. Person, E. Dunham, A. Bosh,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "The 2011 June 23 Stellar Occultation by Pluto: Airborne and Ground Observations" 2013, AJ, 146, 83.

A. Burgasser, S. Sheppard and K. Luhman "Resolved Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of WISE J104915.57-531906.1AB: A Flux-Reversal Binary at the L dwarf/T dwarf Transition" 2013, ApJ, 772, 129.

A. Schneider, M. Cushing, D. Kirkpatrick,.. S. Sheppard "Discovery of a Young L Dwarf WISE J174102.78-46425.5" 2014, AJ, 147, 34.

K. Luhman and S. Sheppard "Characterization of High Proper Motion Objects from the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer" 2014, ApJ, 787, 126.

*C. Trujillo* and *S. Sheppard* "A Sedna-like Body with a Perihelion of 80 Astronomical Units" 2014, Nature, 507, 471.
      *(Co-First Authors)

S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo "Discovery and Characteristics of the Rapidly Rotating Active Asteroid (62412) 2000 SY178 in the Main Belt" 2015, AJ, 149, 44.

M. Drahus, W. Waniak, S. Tendulkar, J. Agarwal, D. Jewitt, and S. Sheppard "Fast Rotation and Trailing Fragments of the Active Asteroid P/2012 F5 (Gibbs)" 2015, ApJ Letters, 802, L8.

H. Hsieh and S. Sheppard "The Reactivation of Main-Belt Comet 324P/La Sagra (P/2010 R2)" 2015, MNRAS Letters, 454, L81.

S. Sheppard "The Inner Oort Cloud: Beyond the Kuiper Belt" 2015, Sky and Telescope Magazine, (March), 129, 26.

A. Thirouin, S. Sheppard, K. Noll, N. Moskovitz, J. Ortiz, and A. Doressoundiram "Rotational Properties of the Haumea Family Members and Candidates: Short-Term Variability" 2016, AJ, 151, 148.

J. Davy Kirkpatrick, K. Kellogg, A. Schneider,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "The AllWISE Motion Survey, Part 2: Finding The Solar Neighborhood's Hidden Experiments" 2016, ApJ Suppl, 224, 36.

S. Sheppard "The Trojan Asteroids: Dancing with the Planets" 2016, Sky and Telescope Magazine, (June), 131, 16.

S. Sheppard, C. Trujillo, and D. Tholen "Beyond the Kuiper Belt Edge: New High Perihelion Trans-Neptunian Objects With Moderate Semi-major Axes and Eccentricities" 2016, ApJ Letters, 825, L13.

N. Kaib and S. Sheppard "Tracking Neptune's Migration History Through High-Perihelion Resonant Trans-Neptunian Objects" 2016, AJ, 152, 133.

S. Sheppard and C. Trujillo "New Extreme Trans-Neptunian Objects: Towards a Super-Earth in the Outer Solar System" 2016, AJ, 152, 221.

W. Fraser, M. Bannister, R. Pike,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "All Planetesimals Born Near the Kuiper Belt Formed as Binaries" 2017, Nature Astronomy, 1, 88.

A. Thirouin, S. Sheppard and K. Noll "2004 TT357: A Potential Contact Binary in the Trans-Neptunian Belt" 2017, ApJ, 844, 135.

S. Sheppard "The Hunt for Planet X" 2017, Sky and Telescope Magazine, (October), 134, 16-21.

A. Thirouin and S. Sheppard "A Possible Dynamically Cold Classical Contact Binary: (126719) 2002 CC249" 2017, AJ, 154, 241.


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Other Selected Publications and Popular Articles

S. Sheppard "Synchronous Rotation of Moons" 2002, Astronomy Magazine, (March), 30, 73

S. Sheppard "Jupiter Satellites: 39 and Counting" 2002, Mercury Magazine, 31, 10

S. Sheppard "Outer Jovian Satellites" 2002, IAU Comm 16 Triennial Report

S. Sheppard "Small Satellites of the Giant Planets" 2005, IAU Comm 16 Triennial Report

S. Sheppard "Decision Time for Space Exploration: Where in the Heavens Do We Go Next" 2005, San Francisco Chronicle, October 10

S. Sheppard "What is a Planet?" 2006, Sky and Telescope Magazine, (January), 111, 14

D. Jewitt, S. Sheppard and J. Kleyna "The Strangest Satellites in the Solar System" 2006, Scientific American, (August), 295, 23-29

S. Sheppard "Pluto and the Kuiper Belt" 2007, essay in "The Universe" by R. Freedman and W. Kaufmann III, (New York: W.H. Freeman and Company), 401-402

S. Sheppard "Natural Satellites" 2009, World Book

S. Sheppard "Finding the Small Moons of the Outer Planets: A Satellite Revolution" 2009, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, (April, Astronomy Beat), 21, 1

S. Sheppard "The Kuiper Belt" 2011, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 11th edition

S. Sheppard "Gathering Moons" 2012, Astronomy Magazine, (November), 40, 56

S. Sheppard "New Objects Discovered Beyond the Outer Edge of the Kuiper Belt" 2016, NOAO Newsletter, (September), 114, 6.

J. Najita, B. Willman, D. Finkbeiner,.. S. Sheppard, .. et al. "Maximizing Science in the Era of LSST: A Community-Based Study of Needed US Capabilities" 2016, NSF Report, arXiv:1610:01661



Too many (>300 and counting) Minor Planet Electronic Circulars (MPECs) to keep track of.

IAUC 7525 "Lost Moon of Jupiter Found: S/1975 J1 = S/2000 J1"

IAUC 7555 "10 New Satellites of Jupiter Discovered: S/2000 J2 - S/2000 J11"

IAUC 7619 "Lightcurve of Kuiper Belt Object 2000 GN171"

IAUC 7900 "11 New Satellites of Jupiter: S/2001 J1 - S/2001 J11"

IAUC 7935 "Fragmentation of comet 57P/du Toit-Neujmin-Delporte"

IAUC 7966 "Discovery of components to comet C/2002 Q3 (Linear)"

IAUC 8035 "New Jupiter Satellite S/2002 J1"

IAUC 8087 "7 New Satellites of Jupiter"

IAUC 8088 "2003 J8, New Satellite of Jupiter"

IAUC 8089 "4 New Satellites of Jupiter"

IAUC 8116 "6 New Satellites of Jupiter and 1 New Satellite of Saturn"

IAUC 8125 "S/2003 J19 and S/2003 J20 New Satellites of Jupiter"

IAUC 8138 "S/2003 J21 New Satellite of Jupiter"

IAUC 8193 "S/2003 N1 New Satellite of Neptune" (September 2003)

IAUC 8213 "S/2001 U2 New Satellite of Uranus" (October 2003)

IAUC 8217 "S/2003 U3 New Satellite of Uranus" (October 2003)

IAUC 8276 "New Satellite of Jupiter S/2003 J22" (January 2004)

IAUC 8281 "New Satellite of Jupiter S/2003 J23" (February 2004)

IAUC 8305 "Comet P/2004 DO29 (SPACEWATCH-LINEAR)" (March 2004)

IAUC 8321 "Comet P/2004 DZ61 (CATALINA-LINEAR)" (April 2004)

IAUC 8523 "12 New Satellites of Saturn" (May 2005)

IAUC 8637 "Comet C/2004 YJ35 (LINEAR)" (December 2005)

IAUC 8727 "9 New Satellites of Saturn" (June 2006)

IAUC 8836 "3 New Satellites of Satun: S/2007 S1, S/2007 S2, and S/2007 S3" (May 2007)

IAUC 8962 "Discovery of a Satellite to KBO 2007 TY430" (August 2008)

IAUC 9252 "Discovery of Jupiter Satellites S/2011 J1 and S/2011 J2" (June 2012)

CBET 3879 "Discovery of Comet C/2014 F3 (Sheppard-Trujillo)" (May 2014)

IAUC 9272 "Discovery of a Tail to Main Belt Asteroid (62412) 2000 SY178" (October 2014)

CBET 4107 "Main Belt Comet P/2010 R2 (LA SAGRA)" 20150526 (May 2015)

IAUC 9276 "Recurrent Tail on Active Asteroid 324P/2015 K3" (August 2015)

MPEC L08 and L47 "New Satellites of Jupiter S/2016 J1 and S/2017 J1" (June 2017)

CBET 4458 "New Comet C/2017 U5" (December 2017)


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