Preventing The Apocalypse: Experts Plan Asteroid Early Warning System

The threat of an asteroid colliding with Earth is a real danger, as indicated by a large fireball and explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in early 2013.

An early warning asteroid strategies report has been released. The report has been released as a public document following a workshop hosted by Secure World Foundation in September. However, the workshop results have yet to be reviewed by the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN)’s Steering Committee, or endorsed or adopted for implementation.

Sergio Camacho, a workshop participant who chairs the U.N. Action Team on NEOs, a group that was established in 2001, said in a statement, “We made very good progress toward identifying the main issues involved with communicating with the media and public regarding warnings of possible NEO impacts and other related issues.”

The threat of an asteroid colliding with Earth is a real danger, as indicated by a large fireball and explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in early 2013. The event posed as a reminder that Earth is susceptible to asteroid strikes.

Researchers have been devising ways to discover and track objects as well as generate early warnings of a potential impending impact. Such work includes United Nations Action Team 14, which for years has been deliberating regarding gathering and analyzing near-Earth object (NEO) data to ensure timely warnings to national authorities if a potentially dangerous object was to threaten the planet.

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