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Current number of known NEAs:
18330
Current number of NEAs in risk list:
750
Last update: 2018-06-23 00:10:00 UTC

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Close Approach Fact Sheet

 

NEOCC Close Approach Fact Sheet: 2018 LA

05 June 2018

The ESA SSA-NEO Coordination Centre has released a Close Approach Fact Sheet (CAFS) for asteroid 2018 LA, entering the Earth's atmosphere on 02 June. Please, feel free to forward it to potentially interested people.

You can download the CAFS by clicking on the button below; for subscribing to our releases, please fill in the form on page http://neo.ssa.esa.int/subscribe-to-services.

 

 

Newsletter

 

NEOCC Newsletter: June 2018

05 June 2018

The ESA SSA-NEO Coordination Centre has released the June newsletter summarising the most relevant data and events on asteroids and comets approaching the orbit of the Earth. Please, feel free to forward it to potentially interested people.

You can download the newsletter by clicking on the button below; to subscribe to the service, please fill in the form on page http://neo.ssa.esa.int/subscribe-to-services.

 

 

News

2018 LA, the third predicted NEO impact on Earth

04 June 2018

For the third time in recent history of asteroid detection a NEO was detected a few hours before it entered the Earth atmosphere (the two previous cases were 2008 TC3 and 2014 AA).
Asteroid 2018 LA was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in the early mornin
g (European time) of this Saturday, 2 June.

In a matter of hours additional observations were made and it became very probable that it would collide with the Earth. The approximate impact corridor was over a thin stripe crossing Botswana and Namibia. The same evening a number of local observations started to arrive at the International Meteor Organisation reporting a very bright fireball detected in the mentioned area. It was confirmed that the observed fireball actually corresponded to 2018 LA. Details about the observed fireball can be found here: https://www.imo.net/asteroid-2018-la-hit-the-atmosphere-over-botswana-on-june-2/

The object had a size of 2 to 5 m and approached the Earth with a relative velocity of approximately 17 km/s from the night side. Due to its small size and high entry velocity the object could only be detected on its final plunge to Earth. It is expected to have completely disintegrated in the atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovery images of 2018 LA obtained on 2 June 2018 with the 1.5 m telescope at Mt. Lemmon, Arizona (USA). Credit: Catalina Sky Survey / University of Arizona / NASA

 

News

Recovering of comet Catalina with the Schmidt telescope

30 April 2018

One of our collaborators, E. Schwab, has been featured in a recent story by the Calar Alto observatory (CAHA) in Spain.

See their story here: http://www.caha.es/news/releases-mainmenu-163/12812-recovering-of-comet-catalina-with-the-schmidt-telescope.