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Ed Lu’s Message: Our Cosmic Challenge

The B612 Foundation believes we should find threatening asteroids before they find us. Today’s meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk is a wake-up call that the Earth orbits the Sun in a shooting gallery of asteroids, and that these asteroids sometimes hit the Earth. Later today, a separate and larger asteroid, 2012 DA14, narrowly missed the Earth […]

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Slooh Space Camera to Track Asteroid 2012 DA14 Skimming by Earth

Slooh Space Camera will cover its near-approach on Friday, February 15th, with several live shows on, free to the public, starting at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST / 02:00 UTC (2/16) – accompanied by real-time discussions with Slooh Space Camera’s Paul Cox, astronomer and author Bob Berman, and Prescott Observatory manager, Matt […]

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Flyby Visualization of 2012 DA14

Our friends at the California Academy of Sciences shared these video simulations so we can really see what DA14 will look like as it flies by Earth!  The green rings around the Earth are orbits of our geo-synchronous communications satellites.

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Asteroid Encounter at University of Central Florida on Feb. 15

If you’re near the University of Central Florida this Friday, February 15, you can join Harold Reitsema, B612′s Mission Director for a free free 1 p.m. viewing party for the public for an exclusive look at the asteroid 2012 DA14 via feeds from telescopes in Spain. Dr. Reitsema is a planetary astronomer who specializes in designing space […]

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#DA14 G+ Hangout Wednesday, February 13th

Updated 2/13/13, 12:30pm PT: Here is the link to the YouTube archive. Sorry we had technical difficulties joining the Hangout. On Wednesday, February 13th @ 2pm ET, join us for a Google Hangout with our very own Ed Lu, fellow astronaut Ron Garan and “The Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait. We’ll be discussing the significance of […]

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Dan Durda: We Live in a Cosmic Shooting Gallery

As the attention on Asteroid 2012 DA14′s flyby increases this week, we asked our friend and B612′s Board Director Dan Durda to share some of his thoughts on this event.  The ‘close shave’ flyby of 2012 DA14 on February 15 provides a clear reminder that we live in a cosmic shooting gallery of rocky visitors […]

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Beware of Errant Asteroids

Great op-ed today in the New York Times by Don Yeomans, senior research scientist and the manager of the Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, and the author of “Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us.”

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