Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 QG42
(NEOShield STK animation of 2012 QG42 asteroid flyby) A potentially hazardous asteroid will make its closest approach with the Earth on Friday 14th September, 05:12 UTC. 2012 QG42, which is the 1057th asteroid to be discovered in the second half of August, has an estimated diameter of 221-494 metres (H=20.4) and will have a close approach with the Earth at 7.4 Lunar Distances. The animation below is a combination of four images taken of 2012
CLOSE APPROACH OF ASTEROID 2012 PX
On September 4th at 12:46 UTC, asteroid 2012 PX had a near miss with the Earth (see STK animation above). It travelled at 10.01 km/sec relative to the Earth – that is approximately 36,000 km/h (or 22,400 mph). 2012 PX is the 23rd asteroid to be discovered in the first half of August this year and has an estimated diameter of 65-150 meters (H=23). These near misses are not as rare as many think. In
B612 Foundation Announces Asteroid Finding Mission
The B612 Foundation announced today the first privately funded deep space mission. The mission, Sentinel, is an asteroid finding spacecraft that will be launched into a venus-like orbit, from where it is able to map the region near Earth. The spacecraft will be equipped with a 0.5m diameter Infrared telescope, and will scan the night half of the sky every 26 days. The B612 Foundation announced today the first privately funded deep space mission. The
NEOShield Website Online Today!
NEOShield now has a website!Welcome to www.NEOShield.net, the new home of the NEOShield project in the World Wide Web. On this site you can find out about the NEOShield project itself, including about the project itself, as well as who’s in the team. Results and outputs of the project will also be here as they become available. The site is also a good hub for general information about Near Earth Objects. There is a lot