Possible way to find new Kuiper Belt objects.

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Message 1841587 - Posted: 12 Jan 2017, 6:09:20 UTC

The traditional way to find new objects orbiting the sun is by looking at images of the same small region of space and finding faint objects that are moving across the star field and ultimately determining the objects orbital path. I'm thinking that maybe some larger objects that are too faint to be seen might momentarily block the light from background stars that they pass in front of and create a pattern that can be used to calculate the object's orbit. Is this a silly idea. and could this method be used to determine the size of the object?
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Message 1841623 - Posted: 12 Jan 2017, 13:52:28 UTC

So, it wasn't a bad idea, just not a new one. It seems to me then that, assuming it's there, planet nine should be spotted using this method sooner or later.
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Message 1841626 - Posted: 12 Jan 2017, 13:58:28 UTC

I would assume that it is one of the techniques being used by the Planet-9 hunters
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