New software can help you detect possible asteroid threats

New software can help you detect possible asteroid threats

A new software created by a NASA challenge, which has now been made public, can help amateur astronomers to detect possible asteroid threats in future. Analysis of images taken of our solar system’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. The free desktop software application could be used on any basic desktop or laptop computer. Amateur astronomers might take images from their telescopes and analyze them with the application. The application would tell the user whether a matching asteroid record exists and offer a way to report new findings to the Minor Planet Center, which then confirms and archives new discoveries.

Through NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency seeks to enhance its ongoing work in the identification and characterization of near-Earth objects for further scientific investigation. This work includes locating potentially hazardous asteroids and identifying those viable for redirection to a stable lunar orbit for future exploration by astronauts using NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. The Asteroid Grand Challenge, one part of the asteroid initiative, expands the agency’s efforts beyond traditional boundaries and encourages partnerships and collaboration with a variety of organizations.

Related Post

Life on Mars? Fossil of crocodile-like creature spotted on Red Planet
views 126
Washington: A fossilised crocodile-like creature has been spotted on Mars, reaffirming the belief that there was once life on the red planet. Mars Cu...
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch
views 35
An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday ...
Water on Mars are more acidic
views 60
The rover used a new, low-percussion-level drilling technique to collect sample powder from a rock target called "Mojave 2." The first sample of the m...
China’s space lab to make a crash landing on Earth
views 107
When Chinese space agency launched its space lab Tiangong-1 in 2011, little did they expect it to come 'crashing' back to Earth five years later. The ...
NASA orbiters set for close encounter with comet near Mars
views 56
Washington: A comet called C/2013 A1 or Siding Spring will pass within about 139,500 kms of Mars Sunday, NASA said in a statement. The distance is le...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK