Posted on 12 October 2017 by Daniel
Asteroid 2012 TC4 flyby
This remarkable footage shows the flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4 during the night of 11/12 October 2017. At the time this was recorded, the estimated 10-20 m-diameter asteroid was approaching Earth. It made its closest approach at...
Posted on 10 October 2017 by Daniel
European astronomers spot flyby asteroid
Astronomers working at ESA and ESO have observed asteroid 2012 TC4, which will make an unusually close flyby of Earth on 12 October.
Posted on 22 August 2017 by Daniel
Spotting asteroid Florence
Asteroid 3122 Florence was discovered in 1981. It’s named in honour of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing. With a diameter of ~4.3 km, Florence is among the largest of the near-Earth asteroids. ESA’s Rüdiger...
Posted on 9 September 2016 by Daniel
The backstory: An asteroid over Antarctica
The recent 'cluster' of observations shows that we are increasingly able to detect very small objects passing extremely close to our planet.
Posted on 29 October 2015 by Daniel
Spotting the Halloween asteroid
While it won’t be visible to the naked eye, for anyone with a telescope, it should be visible, observation conditions (haze, etc.) permitting.
Posted on 13 February 2014 by Daniel
Finding a comet: the backstory
On 4 February, the Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey (TOTAS) team was credited with discovering comet P/2014 C1, named ‘TOTAS’ (there’s a report today in the main ESA website). If you’re not an astronomer, you may have...
Posted on 12 February 2014 by Daniel
SMPAG: Summary of the first meeting
Summary of the first ‘SAMEPAGE’ meeting, 6-7 February 2014 at ESOC. Original article and more details via the nascent SMPAG website. In cooperation with the Action Team on Near-Earth Objects (AT-14) of the United Nations Committee on...