On October 3rd and 4th, B612 co-sponsored a Near-Earth Object (NEO) workshop at the University of Washington in Seattle. The workshop is the first time that members of B612’s technical team, researchers and scientists from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), NEO researchers from NASA, and leading theorists and modelers from other major telescopes around the world came together to coordinate telescope modeling calculations in the fields of astronomy and planetary defense.
This is an important milestone in the effort to improve coordination among scientists in the field. Following the workshop Željko Ivezić, LSST Project Scientist told us, “It was abundantly clear to me that, by working together, the NEO community can produce better modeling tools faster and cheaper.”
photo credit: Danica Remy
Analysis of Asteroid Telescope Performance is Published
A new set of analysis tools for predicting the performance of telescopes for finding and tracking Near-Earth Asteroids was published by B612 Foundation in the Astronomical Journal. The article was authored by B612 Mission Scientist, Marc W. Buie (pictured above); B612 Mission Director, Harold J. Reitsema; and Roger P. Linfield.
Engaging the World in Planetary Defense
This year has been a year of change, new discoveries, and growth. The support of our donors around the world and the planetary defense community has allowed B612 to be at the forefront of efforts to prevent major asteroid impacts. That is why we are proud to share our 2016 Annual Progress Report with you.
A story about the first boy born on Mars and his online friendship with Tulsa, a teenage girl living on Earth. Opening nationwide on December 16th, B612 Program Architect and former Mars Czar, Scott Hubbard, served as Space Exploration Consultant on the film!
Newly Named Asteroid 17473 'Freddiemercury'
Brian May announced the naming of asteroid 17473 'Freddiemercury' in honor of the late Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday. Thanks to B612 Mission Scientist Marc Buie, who provided the contact to the observer, and Brian Skiff from Lowell Observatory. Be sure to watch to the end to see this special asteroid's first public appearance!
New Asteroid Day Video Series
In this video, Scott Manley, well-known astronogamer (and B612 supporter), interviews Asteroid Day Expert and OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta, days after the launch of OSIRIS-REx on September 8, 2016. OSIRIS-REx will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study.
Now Showing: The Little Prince on Netflix
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella, The Little Prince, has been recreated in a new animated film. Our own B612 Foundation is named after the asteroid home of this unusual boy. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Rudd and is available on Netflix right now.