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Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:31 UTC

In the last SSA-NEO observing run on Tenerife, we have imaged an object on the NEO Confirmation Page called SW40nU (now called comet C/2012 T5), discovered by the Spacewatch survey. It turned out...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 14:41 UTC

ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Last month, experts from ESA's...

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: 2023-02-14 09:14 UTC

The atmospheric impact of this 1-metre object has been observed as a fireball from UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands

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2024 MK

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2020-07-29 11:02 UTC

Close Approach Fact Sheet for asteroid 2024 MK (version 4.0)

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-05 09:00 UTC

Asteroid and Comet Trajectory Propagator (NEOPROP) In 2012, Astos Solutions developed for ESA a new orbital propagator algorithm in order to assess the potential risk of impact of an NEO. The...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:26 UTC

The orbital path of 2011 AG5 has been carefully analyzed in the past year, due to its 1-in-550 probability to pass, during the moderately close approach to the Earth that will take place in early...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2023-05-05 12:00 UTC

ESA's Test Bed Telescopes (TBT) are two twin telescopes built by ESA to test different observational activities in the optical detection of NEO’s and satellites or space debris. The two telescopes...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-11-21 12:13 UTC

Summary 2022 WJ1 was the sixth impactor discovered while still outside Earth's atmosphere. Found by the Mt. Lemmon station of the Catalina Sky Survey, it impacted Earth near the Great Lakes region...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2021-03-15 15:17 UTC

ESA’s Planetary Defence Office has just released a new NEOCC web portal

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2014 AA

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-03-25 12:53 UTC

Summary 2014 AA was the second object to be detected before impacting the Earth. The meteoroid was discovered on 1 January 2014 by the Mount Lemmon Survey and impacted the atmosphere over the...

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: 2024-03-28 17:26 UTC

Warning: on April 9th at 09:30 UTC, some maintenance activities will be performed on our portal. Some services may be temporarily unavailable.  

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 09:36 UTC

Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2024-06-12 13:12 UTC

What can we learn from close approachers?

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2020-06-25 11:35 UTC

ESA's NELIOTA project detects the flash of light produced when an asteroid collides energetically with the lunar surface and recently recorded its 100th impact.

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Date/Time: 2023-04-13 08:47 UTC

Warning: on April 13th at 09:00 UTC, some maintenance activities will be performed on our system. Some services may be temporarily unavailable.  

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Date/Time: 2023-02-16 08:28 UTC

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Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-09-09 06:56 UTC

It is possible to visualise the orbits of all asteroids in our database by entering their name, provisional designation or catalogue number. The position along the orbit is computed at regular time...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2020-08-18 15:47 UTC

The fly-by of 2020 QG asteroid

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: 2023-09-28 09:59 UTC

  Our search engine provides a comprehensive exploration of the entire asteroid database, offering a wide range of filtering options based on object group, risk class, orbital parameters,...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-03-25 12:53 UTC

Summary 2008 TC3 was the first object detected in space prior to impacting the Earth. Discovery occurred at 06:39 UTC on 7 October 2008 by the Catalina Sky Survey and the meteoroid entered the...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2023-10-30 16:07 UTC

Several mission opportunities to close-approach asteroids up to 2040

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 14:44 UTC

The recent claim that asteroid 2014 UR116 may be threatening the Earth shows how difficult it is to convey the right message about the NEO hazard. The no-news spread after statements from the...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-04 14:00 UTC

The possibility of browsing through the largest possible set of astronomical images and download them for inspection is extremely useful in order to find possible unidentified detections of NEOs or...

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2018 LA

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-03-25 12:54 UTC

Summary 2018 LA was the third object to be detected before impacting the Earth. The meteoroid was discovered at 08:22 UTC on 2 June 2018 by the Mount Lemmon Survey and impacted the atmosphere over...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 13:24 UTC

Each year, astronomers worldwide discover over 1000 new asteroids or other space rocks that could strike our planet. And if one is spotted heading towards Earth, experts working in ESA and national...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-03-14 15:36 UTC

The Planetary Defence community has detected the fifth asteroid impactor

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2020-07-03 07:43 UTC

NEO Coordination Centre's observing campaign to track the fly-by of BepiColombo

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2024-02-12 15:50 UTC

An automated procedure for Yarkovsky effect determination developed by NEOCC

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 09:50 UTC

After discussing what to do to ensure that an important NEO is adequately monitored (see "news archive"), we will now present a possible strategy to improve the orbit of old objects, that have not...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 10:48 UTC

ESA today inaugurated a new hub that will strengthen Europe's contribution to the global hunt for asteroids and other hazardous natural objects that may strike Earth. Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs,...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-04 13:58 UTC

The ESA NEO Coordination Centre (NEOCC) is the operational centre of ESA’s Planetary Defence Office (PDO) within the Space Safety Programme (S2P). It is located at ESA's establishment ESRIN...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2023-09-28 10:00 UTC

  The tables are accessible from the menu by the Fireballs section and the Observations section. In each section a list of all fireballs or observations present in the database are displayed.  ...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 11:40 UTC

Although Gaia's primary mission goal is the precise measurement of star positions and not observing NEOs, nevertheless it is likely to produce a significant contribution to NEO detection. This is...

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Date/Time: 2020-09-10 12:20 UTC

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Date/Time: 2019-06-07 10:44 UTC

A new series of images from Gemini Observatory shows Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) heading toward an extremely close rendezvous with the Sun. The images have been takenbetween February and May 2013 and...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2023-09-28 09:58 UTC

  This table contains a list of NEAs that impacted Earth and were detected prior to their entry in the Earth’s atmosphere. This table can also be also automatically downloaded through HTTPS APIs,...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-03-25 12:54 UTC

Summary 2022 EB5 was the fifth object to be detected before impacting the Earth. The meteoroid was discovered at Konkoly Observatory (Hungary) on 11 March 2022 and impacted the atmosphere over the...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-12-20 09:23 UTC

The ESA SSA-NEO Coordination Centre has released the December newsletter.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-05-15 16:22 UTC

NEO Chronology Last update: 2021-11-01 06:00 UTC The updating of the NEO Chronology is currently on hold. Courtesy of Karel A. van der Hucht Last version 121.0 Download:.PDF For an explanation...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2020-01-21 14:02 UTC

The year has just started, and we already have a very interesting discovery of a new and so far unique asteroid.

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2019 MO

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-03-25 12:54 UTC

Summary 2019 MO was the fourth object to be detected before impacting the Earth. The meteoroid was discovered by ATLAS in Mauna Loa on 22 June 2019 and impacted the atmosphere over the Caribbean...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2022-09-07 12:02 UTC

Last update: 2021-04-28 14:30 UTC This webpage does not describe a real potential asteroid impact. The information on this page is fictional and provided only to support an emergency response...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-08-08 09:29 UTC

The first NEA, (433) Eros, was discovered by Gustav Witt from the Urania Sternwarte Berlin and independently by Auguste Charlois from the Observatoire de Nice, on 13 August 1898. The discovery...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 09:18 UTC

On the morning of 30 May 2017 our team, in collaboration with ESO and using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, obtained recovery observations of 1991 VG, a famous near-Earth object with an...

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 10:02 UTC

As part of an international observing campaign, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been imaged during our normal monthly observing run on 16 September with the OGS telescope in Tenerife. In the attached...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-09-02 12:42 UTC

The NEOCC is ESA's centre for computing asteroid and comet orbits and their probabilities of Earth impact.

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-07 08:42 UTC

In a fruitful collaboration between ESA and a group of amateur astronomers, the first comet was discovered by the so-called TOTAS survey. The comet is called P/2014 C1 (TOTAS) and has an orbit...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 10:10 UTC

A bright fireball occurred over The Netherlands on 21 September 2017 at 19:00 UTC (21:00 CEST). In addition to many individual sightings, it was also recorded by an all-sky camera dedicated to...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2023-09-28 09:59 UTC

  The observation priority list is computed as described in the reference provided in the description paragraphs in the associated web page. The variables provided in the table are the following:  ...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-06 11:17 UTC

Registration is open for the ESA NEO and Debris Detection Conference - Exploiting Synergies, which will be held at ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, 22 - 24 January 2019. The deadline for the...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2021-01-22 11:11 UTC

A revision of the Apophis impact hazard assessment

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-05 12:11 UTC

​​​​​​The impact of WT1190F in the Indian Ocean on 13 November (see our news item on 22 October) provided an excellent opportunity to simulate the observational sequence that needs to be triggered...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2019-06-04 14:19 UTC

Near-Earth Object Population Observation Program (NEOPOP) During activities related to ESA's Space-Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, the need for an observation system simulation software tool...

Type: Web Content Article
Date/Time: 2020-08-05 09:29 UTC

The ESA NEO Coordination Centre has released the July newsletter.