NEOs News – March
Current NEO statistics
More than 200 NEOs were discovered last month, the highest rate since April 2014.
- Known NEOs: 15 934 asteroids and 106 comets
- NEOs in risk list*: 612
- New NEO discoveries since last month: 206
- NEOs discovered since 1 January 2017: 525
*The risk list of all known objects with a non-zero (although usually very low) impact probability can be found at http://bit.ly/neorisklist
Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin
by John Timmer, from ArsTechnica.com
Each time it approaches Jupiter, its orbit gets reset.
Jupiter is widely credited with providing Earth with a bit of protection. The immense gravity of the gas giant typically either sucks in asteroids and comets or flings
Did an asteroid trigger ancient tsunamis on Mars?
by Weston Williams, from The Christian Science Monitor
A team of researchers found that certain geological features on the Red Planet indicate that the impact that created the Lomonosov crater may have also created massive waves in an ancient Martian sea.
A team of scientists believes that an asteroid impact at the site of Mars’ Lomonosov crater
Blue fireball lights up sky over Sweden
A very large blue fireball illuminated the sky over Sweden around 20:30 UTC (21:30 CET) on March 20, 2017. The event was so powerful that the whole sky lit up, Swedish All Sky Meteor Network astronomers said.
Credits: Jessica Dellsjö
Images of the event immediately started appearing on social