Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 1

May 15

Monday, May 15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The first day of the PDC was marked with talks about Key International and Political Developments (Session 1) and Advancements and Progress in NEO Discovery (Session 2). In the first session, Dr. Line Drube from DLR and NEOShield-2 talked about SMPAG Working Group on Legal Issues in Planetary Defense.

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Dr. Line Drube

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NEOShield-2 at the IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017

May 15

pdc 2017 planetary defense conferenceScientists and engineers from all over the world will get together from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object. This bi-annual conference is organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

NEOs News – April

May 09

Current NEO statistics

Last month we crossed the threshold of 16 000 known NEOs.

  •  Known NEOs: 16 068 asteroids and 106 comets
  •  NEOs in risk list*: 615
  •  New NEO discoveries since last month: 101
  •  NEOs discovered since 1 January 2017: 659

*The risk list of all known objects with a non-zero (although usually very low) impact probability can be found at

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Anatomy of an Asteroid Breakup

May 04

By Susanna Kohler, American Astronomic Society A team of scientists has observed the breakup of an asteroid as it orbits the Sun. In a new study, they reveal what they’ve learned from their ground- and space-based observations of this disintegration. breakup asteroid Jewitt 2013 R3 Keck images of asteroid P/2013 R3 (click for the full view!) taken in