Chelyabinsk Debris Circles the Globe

Sep 03
Burning news about the February 15th 2013 meteorite continues to emerge, this time with the assistance of NASA’s Suomi NPP Satellite. The Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russia this past winter entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 18.6km per second, measuring 18m across and weighing 11000 metric tonnes. The bolide immediately began burning up due to air friction and eventually exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Image: NASA Goddard’s Scientifis Visualization Studio From the explosion some pieces of the

WISE Spacecraft Reactivated to Study NEOs

Aug 29
After 2.5 years in hibernation, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) will be reactivated in September for three more years with a new mission – to search for near-Earth objects (NEOs) that could potentially lead to collision with Earth. As an asteroid detection initiative stepped-up especially after the undetected Chelyabinsk meteor in February 2013, the NEOWISE project will hunt for more asteroids and comets, as well as identify and characterise those that are suitable for

Fraunhofer EMI Fires off a Kinetic Impactor Gas Gun

Jul 19
Fraunhofer EMI (Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute), Europe’s largest application-oriented non-profit research organization and a member of the NEOShield consortium, made great progress on research for the kinetic impactor when they fired off a gas gun in Freiburg, Germany in May 2013. One of the key mitigation methods of the NEOShield project, the kinetic impactor, is the method being tested with the gas gun. Watch the video below, featuring close up footage of the shot,

7 Must See Astronomical Events of 2013

Jul 11
Whether you are an astrophysicist, an amateur astronomer, or an occasional stargazer, NEOShield has created a list of the 7 best sky gazing moments of 2013. We tell you where and when to look to towards the sky, and why you cannot miss these top celestial events. Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor ShowerLate July to early August Although it arrives just in time for the summer weather in the Northern Hemisphere, the Aquarids meteor shower can