Huge fireball seen over Northeastern US

May 18
A huge fireball was spotted over Northeastern US yesterday. The American Meteor Society received nearly 700 witness reports about the meteor over Northeastern US. Reported sightings mainly came from Maine, but also came from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada). Reports put the event as around 12:50am EDT on May 17th 2016. See a video of the fireball below, caught by a police officer

Evidence found for second oldest asteroid impact

May 17
Evidence of a huge asteroid strike that impacted Earth in its early life has been found by scientists. The discovery was made when spherules, tiny glass beads formed from material vaporised during the asteroid impact, were discovered in a drill core from Marble Bar, in north-western Australia. [caption id="attachment_2293" align="aligncenter" width="920"] Impact spherules from the asteroid impact [A Glikson/ANU][/caption]Dr Andrew Glikson of The Australian National University, who has spent more than 20 years looking for

NEOShield-2 Formal Review: Day 3

May 03
Wednesday was the final day of our NEOShield-2 progress meeting and formal review. Team members gathered once more at the Observatoire de Paris to deliver their presentations to the European Commission and an external reviewer. [caption id="attachment_2284" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] The NEOShield-2 consortium [Image: NEOShield-2][/caption]The NEOShield-2 team is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, so it’s important that the European Commission is aware of our activities. This was a great opportunity to show the

NEOShield-2 Progress Meeting: Day 2

Apr 27
[caption id="attachment_2270" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The Observatoire de Paris from below [Image: NEOShield-2][/caption]On our second day at the Observatoire de Paris, we presented our progress so far in the final 6 work packages: WP 7 – Real-time Test Facility & Test Campaigns WP 8 – Orbit determination and monitoring WP 9 – NEO potential mission targets WP 10 – NEO observations and data reduction/analysis WP 11 – NEO Physical Properties: Data analysis and modelling WP 12