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.

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Impact spherules from the asteroid impact [A Glikson/ANU]

Dr Andrew Glikson of The Australian National

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.

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The NEOShield-2 consortium [Image: NEOShield-2]

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

NEOShield-2 Progress Meeting: Day 2

Apr 27
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The Observatoire de Paris from below [Image: NEOShield-2]

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