WISE Spacecraft Reactivated to Study NEOs
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
Fraunhofer EMI Fires off a Kinetic Impactor Gas Gun
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
7 Must See Astronomical Events of 2013
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 Shower
Late July to early August
Although it arrives just in time for the summer weather in the Northern Hemisphere, the Aquarids meteor shower
A Chunk of Chelyabinsk
The famous February 15th meteorite that exploded over Chebarkul Lake in Russia has made the news once again. A huge fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite was discovered at the bottom of the Lake.
A small sample of the Chelyabinsk meteorite
On February 15th 2013 the large meteorite hit Earth, damaging thousands of buildings and injuring 1,200 people with its shockwave. While the burning fireball exploded over Russian skies, it