Artist's impression of a Near Earth Object (NEO) Credit: ESA - P.Carril.
Senior NASA research scientist Don Yeomens armed us (with facts and fun) for some exciting sky events in 2013. Hear about the upcoming close Earth approach of asteroid 2012 DA14 in February and the coming comet ISON. He's an engaging, thoughtful speaker and we very much enjoyed hearing from him. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Don Yeomans is a Senior Research Scientist, Supervisor for the Solar System Dynamics Group, and Manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office. He was the Radio Science Team Chief for the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission and the US Project Scientist for the Japanese Hayabusa asteroid sample return mission. His research work is focused upon the physical and dynamical modeling of comets and asteroids. Not to mention, he's a celebrated author.
Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us
This was one of the best attended telecons we've held and for good reason. Check out the audio transcript to hear this engaging speaker.
Comets and asteroids and NEOs, oh my! Here comes 2013 - be prepared.
Find the slides and transcript here.
**Bonus** NSN member Ram White of the Clemson Area Amateur Astronomers won (again!) a signed copy of Dr. Yeoman's latest book:
Of all the natural disasters that could befall us, only an Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid has the potential to end civilization in a single blow. Yet these near-Earth objects also offer tantalizing clues to our solar system's origins, and someday could even serve as stepping-stones for space exploration. In this book, Donald Yeomans introduces readers to the science of near-Earth objectsits history, applications, and ongoing quest to find near-Earth objects before they find us. Join our vibrant stargazing community!
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