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#AsteroidDayReflections: Remembering 2021

December 7, 2021
December is a great time of year to reflect and share the notable moments in asteroid science, exploration and planetary defence. It is a busy month in both the northern and southern hemispheres, with people celebrating the holidays, out on summer break or enjoying the alpine snow. How do you host an event in-between cooking […]

LEARN – What are active asteroids?

December 3, 2021
Learning Objective: Learn that some asteroids may have characteristics of other celestial bodies including comets! Overview: Active asteroids have attracted the attention of scientists because they have the ability to create a tail like comets and to generate visible phenomena like meteor showers. Specifics: Active asteroids are small bodies in the Solar System that have […]
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The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce: Nurturing the space economy

December 3, 2021
The main role of the Chamber of Commerce is to protect and promote the interests of businesses and the economy of Luxembourg. One of its goals in this regard, is to position Luxembourg as a hub for the growing space industry.  In fact, Luxembourg has nearly 40 years of experience in the space sector already. […]
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NASA launches the DART mission towards its date with destiny

November 24, 2021
NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) has launched. Blasting off at 1:21am EST from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, the mission is now on course for a fateful rendezvous with asteroid Dimorphos in September 2022. DART was carried into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. As with all [...]

Sirius Astro-Club celebrates Asteroid Day in Benin Africa

November 17, 2021
Asteroid Day in Benin Africa was celebrated for a full 3 days thanks to a new event organizer, Sirius Astro-Club.  Founded by Prudence Ayivi in the fall of 2020, the Club was first created on Facebook with the goal of sharing information on astronomy in Benin and around the world. The name “Sirius” was later […]
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LEARN – How could we deflect an asteroid?

November 16, 2021
Learning Objective: Learn what the main asteroid deflection methods are. Overview: Despite what is portrayed in Hollywood, there are many viable options to defend the Earth from asteroids. Learn about the top discussed asteroid deflection methods of today. Specifics: Asteroid impacts are the only preventable natural disaster. Unlike hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or tsunamis, scientists have [...]
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Luxembourg’s SnT is training the professionals of the future

November 11, 2021
SnT is the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust. It conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology, which has been proven to boost the world’s socio-economic prosperity. Since launching in 2009, SnT has undergone rapid expansion. It has recruited top scientists, launched more than 90 European Union and European [...]
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Host your Planetary Defense Event

November 11, 2021
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission marks an important episode in the history of planetary defense. It will be the first real test aimed at protecting the Earth from dangerous asteroids. The asteroid Didymos and its moon Dimorphos are the targets of this mission. These asteroids pose no danger to our planet, but their […]
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Gunstar Team puts Goiânia on Asteroid Day’s map yet again!

October 22, 2021
When thinking about Brazil, the first things that come to mind are the natural beauty of the Amazon rainforest, the spectacular beaches of Rio de Janeiro and even the business opportunities in São Paulo. But on June 30th of each year, one not so well known Brazilian city transforms into Asteroid Day central. - Goiânia, [...]

LEARN – What are Trojan asteroids?

October 21, 2021
Learning Objective: To learn about the Trojan asteroids. Overview: Trojans are a special group of asteroids that can share orbit with a planet or larger body without risk of collision because of regions where there is gravitational stability. Location: In the Solar System, there are regions with large concentrations of asteroids and comet-like objects. The […]

100 Years Since the Tunguska Expedition

October 20, 2021
Tunguska was the site of the greatest impact that our planet has suffered from a celestial body in the entire history of civilization. Despite being an unpopulated place, what happened there was witnessed by people who were thousands of kilometers away .This year we observe 100 years since the Tunguska expedition.  A brilliant fireball flying […]
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NASA’s Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids is on its way

October 19, 2021
NASA’s Lucy mission took off in a flawless launch on Saturday 16 October, blasting off at 05:34 EDT from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Carried into space by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, Lucy unfurled its solar panels about an hour and a half after […]