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Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-23 09:14 UTC

Asteroid 2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 meters in diameter, has been in the news lately, because of a very small 1-in-7000 chance of impact with the Earth on 9 September 2019.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-23 09:45 UTC

One month ago, NEOCC team ruled out the possibility that asteroid 2006 QV89 would impact the Earth this September by making a “non-detection”, i.e. observing the area of the sky where the asteroid...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-23 09:37 UTC

On 25 July, an asteroid the size of a football field flew by Earth, coming within 65 000 km of our planet’s surface during its closest approach – about one fifth of the distance to the Moon.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-23 09:19 UTC

A new paper by Alessio Del Vigna and collaborators, published this week in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, significantly revised the chances of impact of (410777) 2009 FD.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-23 09:07 UTC

Hera will show us things we have never seen before. Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May tells in the next video the story of the ESA mission that would be humanity's first-ever spacecraft...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-23 08:28 UTC

For the fifth year, Asteroid Day is going to be celebrated worldwide on 30 June.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 11:34 UTC

ESA’s Planetary Defence Office (PDO) has participated with several presentations at the 6th IAA Planetary Defense Conference held in College Park, near Washington, between 29 April and 3 May.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 11:32 UTC

A newly-established collaboration between our team and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) led to the first-ever observation of an NEA with the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC). We...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 11:29 UTC

The number of known near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) reached the round total of 20 000 this week. This family of asteroids whose orbit brings them close to Earth is steadily growing at a pace of roughly...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 11:26 UTC

A few months ago a long thin tail was noticed on main belt asteroid (6478) Gault. An international collaboration led by scientists of the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawaii...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 11:20 UTC

Andrea Milani, professor of mathematics at Pisa University, passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday while cycling near Pisa. With his deep knowledge and understanding on the Solar System dynamics,...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:35 UTC

A potentially hazardous asteroid once found but then lost has been rediscovered and its orbit confirmed by a determined amateur astronomer working with ESA's space hazards programme. The...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:25 UTC

During the last observing run with the ESA 1-m telesope on Tenerife (the OGS = Optical Ground Station) the SSA-NEO programme successfully recovered three 'lost' NEOs. In addition, one new NEO was...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:21 UTC

A little-known asteroid will skim past Earth on 15 February, passing just 28 000 km from our planet. The 50 m-diameter chunk of space rock was discovered last year by ESA-sponsored amateur...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:37 UTC

While the sky becomes more and more continuously scanned by ground and space-based NEO surveys, discovering objects in unusual orbital configurations represents the new frontier. Their dynamics...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 15:12 UTC

Last month, ESA's near-Earth asteroid coordination centre triggered a series of European observations that confirmed an unknown object was, in fact, of human origin. The confirmation was the...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 15:08 UTC

Soon after having been spotted in the sky on 8 October 2013 from the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory (Ukraine), asteroid 2013TV135 topped the Risk Page. Being a relatively large object (500 m in...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 15:06 UTC

On 8 November 2013 asteroid 2013 TV135 has been removed from the Risk Page. The non-zero impact probability spotted by monitoring systems just after its discovery (on 8 October 2013) dropped...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 15:05 UTC

If an asteroid is discovered which could come very close to Earth, it is important to coordinate observational activities quickly to better know its precise flyby distance.This is illustrated by...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 15:01 UTC

The first recovery campaign carried out by the ESA NEO Coordination Centre in coordination with ESO, using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) (VLT telescopes on the Paranal mountain in Chile (credit:...