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near-earth object

[‚nir ′ərth ‚äb‚jekt]
(astronomy)
An asteroid or comet whose orbit takes it within 1.3 astronomical units of the sun.
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But, as yet there is no co-ordinated international effort to identify threatening near earth objects (NEOs) or to deal with them once detected.
Director of Near Earth Objects (NEO) Project Group of Space Generation Advisory Council Alex Karl called the campaign a 'great success'.
Asteroid 1998 QE2 is just one of 10,000 Near Earth Objects that NASA and other researchers have tracked.
org But if you want to find out if an asteroid could fall to Earth again - then you must visit The Spaceguard Centre, near Knighton, to hear how they can predict, detect and possibly prevent Near Earth Objects from striking our planet.
They also studied hazards that Near Earth Objects (NEOs) pose to Earth.
Dr Benny Peiser, an expert on Near Earth Objects from John Moore's University, Liverpool, said: "Near misses highlight the value in detecting these objects.
Work began Thursday at Bisei Space Guard Center in Okayama Prefecture to set up a 1-meter wide telescope for observing and tracking space debris and near earth objects (NEOs), project officials said.
gov/sst) lists all the Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that could smack us, shows odds of certain types of impacts and tracks media hype on the subject.
NASA also has made tremendous progress in the cataloging and characterization of near Earth objects over the past five years.
Jay Tate, of Powys' Spaceguard Centre, a leading UK source of information about near earth objects, described the report as a warning shot across the bows.
Science Minister Lord Sainsbury will announce plans for a UK Centre for Near Earth Objects - asteroids or comets whose orbit brings them perilously close to the Earth.
THE new Information Centre on Near Earth Objects will start scanning the skies for potential threats from Easter.

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