Sunday, February 19, 2023

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Preventing The Sky From Falling


Detecting asteroids near the sun with NEOMIR

How Do We Detect Asteroids?

NASA’s NEO Observations Program is tasked with finding, tracking, and characterizing NEOs and identifying those that may pose a hazard to Earth. Ground-based telescopes and NASA’s NEOWISE spacecraft are the current means of finding NEOs. In fiscal year 2013, the NEO Observations Program supported 41 ongoing projects, including 5 detection and tracking campaigns, 10 follow-up surveys, 9 characterization efforts, 3 radar projects, 4 data processing and management projects, 6 technology development projects, and 4 studies of techniques for impact mitigation.

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