Bright Fireball over Pennsylvania, January 30th 2016
A large, particularly bright fireball streaked through the skies of Pennsylvania at the weekend, creating a bright display that could be seen for miles. The meteor was spotted on January 30th at around 6:16pm ET, with the majority of sightings reported in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, witnesses from Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ontario also claimed to have caught sight of
SSA-NEO Final Presentation Day 2016
Tomorrow, on the 2nd of February 2016, a Final Presentation Day event will be held at ESRIN in the Magellan meeting room. Featured will be a presentation of the results gathered from the NEO-related activities carried out within the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness Programme. Check out the agenda for the day here. A live stream will also be available here!
Christmas Eve Flyby – Asteroid 2003 SD220
The most recent asteroid to hit the headlines is 2003 SD220, which has been dubbed the Christmas Eve Asteroid by the press on account of its festive flyby date. Although the asteroid is due to come closest to Earth on the 24th December, there’s no cause for concern; it will still be 28.4 LD (Lunar Distances) away (that’s ~6,787,600 miles / ~11 million km!).
The NEOTwIST mini-project
NEOTωIST, an abbreviation for “Near-Earth Object Transfer of angular momentum Spin Test”, is a low-cost concept for a kinetic impactor demonstration mission which aims to give us an insight as to whether the kinetic impactor mitigation method is a viable way of protecting our planet from NEOs. Whilst other kinetic impactor demo missions are based on momentum transfer – in this case, changing an asteroid’s trajectory by flying a spacecraft into it at high velocity,