Asteroid Analytics

Deflecting hazardous asteroids and using them as resources can unlock our potential for innovation and expand our economy into the solar system. Let's keep learning. Let's keep growing.

2018 LA

Summary 2018 LA was a small asteroid, somewhere between 2-3 meters in diameter. It was first seen in space just 8 hours before impacting the Earth on 2 June 2018. This is significant because it's only the 3rd time an asteroid has been seen in space before impact, and coincidentally all by the same...

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The "Threat" of Asteroid Impacts - Breaking Down the Comprehensive Chart by the US Government

Summary On 20 June 2018, the White House released the latest update for the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan. This document describes the implementation plan for the strategy laid out in 2016, including design concepts for deflection technologies and coordination with FEMA if an asteroid impacted the US. In particular, one...

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Yuri's Night

Summary Yuri's Night is a global space party held on April 12th. While we celebrate exploration and togetherness, we are also still in the infancy of human spaceflight. This date was also consequential in 18th century exploration and serves as a reminder of grit, determination, and not resting in one's reputation or previous accomplishments....

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2017 OM1

Summary Small asteroids are faint and hard to detect. Many times they are not spotted until they approach Earth's orbit very closely. A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 OM1 is a good example of this, and its story gives some insight into the challenges of trying to protect ourselves against asteroid impact threats. On...

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362P/2008 GO98

Summary The distinctions between a comet and an asteroid are quite a bit less clear than many of us were taught in middle school. There's a peculiar object named 362P/2008 GO98 that's being observed right now, and its story is evolving and ongoing. It highlights this increasingly fuzzy overlap in definitions and just...

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