Russian researchers plan nuking asteroids for EU defense project to avoid fate of Dinos


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Russian scientists believe that, at the present time, a nuclear explosion set off close to a dangerous asteroid remains the most effective means to change its trajectory, and thus escape the impact, TASS news agency reported on Saturday.

Although international space treaties in force prohibit nuclear weapons in space at present, if an asteroid posed a real threat to life on our planet, “such bans are naturally going to be dropped,” Russia’s International Scientific Community Central Engineering Research Institute (TsNIIMash) told the agency.

 https://www.rt.com/news/329211-russia-europe-space-defense/

NASA Forms Doomsday Asteroid Task Force


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The financing for the Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) monitoring program has grown since 2010, from $4 million to $50 million, with the Chelyabinsk meteor’s 2013 dramatic and unexpected entrance into Earth’s atmosphere a turning point making US authorities understand the asteroid threat ought to be taken seriously, according to a recent NASA release.

Beginning in 2016, a special NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) task force will be responsible for identifying NEOs. PDCO will coordinate various activities between many national and international observatories and governmental bodies, including the Pentagon and the European Space Agency.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/science/20160112/1032972814/nasa-asteroid-task-force.html#ixzz3xFZh59Qy

Planetary defense: NASA creates office to oversee asteroid detection


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With heightened concern over potential ‘Armageddon’-like asteroids causing a ‘Deep Impact’ on Earth, NASA has created a new office tasked with coordinating detection of potential crashes and “planning for planetary defense.”

 

Part of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) will supervise all NASA efforts that track near-Earth objects (NEOs), such as asteroids and comets. It will have the authority to issue warnings of NEO approaches and potential impacts. The office will also lead interagency and intergovernmental response efforts in case of any potential impact events.

“Asteroid detection, tracking and defense of our planet is something that NASA, its interagency partners, and the global community take very seriously,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “While there are no known impact threats at this time, the 2013 Chelyabinsk super-fireball and the recent ‘Halloween Asteroid’ close approach remind us of why we need to remain vigilant and keep our eyes to the sky.” 

https://www.rt.com/usa/328302-nasa-asteroid-detection-hazard/

PLANETARY DEFENSE: NASA CREATES OFFICE TO OVERSEE ASTEROID DETECTION


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Part of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) will supervise all NASA efforts that track near-Earth objects (NEOs), such as asteroids and comets. It will have the authority to issue warnings of NEO approaches and potential impacts. The office will also lead interagency and intergovernmental response efforts in case of any potential impact events.

Planetary Defense: NASA Creates Office To Oversee Asteroid Detection

Alien signals’ could be caused by collisions between asteroids, neutron stars – study


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However, believing those explanations unsatisfactory, Yong Feng Huang and Jin-Jung Geng of Nanjing University set out to study the phenomenon on their own, examining data from 10 FRBs and obtaining key parameters that could help solve the mystery. Their study was published online in the arXiv journal on Monday.

FRBs have generally been discovered through single-pulse search methods, by using archive data of wide-field pulsar surveys at the multi-beam 64-meter Parkes radio telescope in Australia and the 305-meter Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico.

According to the authors, there are four main states of detecting FRBs.

“First, the radio telescopes are uniformly pointing toward the sky at the time of the detections. Second, for the multi-beam receiver system, usually the signal was recorded only in very few beams, typically less than four, especially by adjacent beams. Third, FRBs are characterized by large dispersion measure (DM) values, significantly larger than terrestrial sources of interference. Fourth, the observed behaviors of time delay and frequency evolution of FRBs strongly indicate that cold-plasma dispersion should have been engraved in the radio signal,” they wrote in the paper.

https://www.rt.com/news/326988-fast-radio-bursts-space/

8 Giant Asteroids That Flew Uncomfortably Close to Earth


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Here’s something that happens every few years: Your local news will tease out a story about a recently identified asteroid that might one day strike the Earth and obliterate you and everyone you love—all Melancholia style. And then a week later, those same newspeople will get back on the air with a brief update about how, upon further analysis, that big planet-smasher actually won’t hit us. And now here’s Tom with the weather.

How often do these existential extraterrestrial encounters occur? Unsettlingly often! For example, NASA just released footage from a fly-by of a potentially hazardous, but adorably nicknamed “space peanut” (AKA Asteroid 1999 JD6), which—just last week—flew within 4.5 million miles of the Earth, or about 19 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/336590/8-giant-asteroids-that-flew-uncomfortably-close-to-earth

8 GIANT ASTEROIDS THAT FLEW UNCOMFORTABLY CLOSE TO EARTH


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And then a week later, those same newspeople will get back on the air with a brief update about how, upon further analysis, that big planet-smasher actually won’t hit us. And now here’s Tom with the weather.

How often do these existential extraterrestrial encounters occur? Unsettlingly often! For example, NASA just released footage from a fly-by of a potentially hazardous, but adorably nicknamed “space peanut” (AKA Asteroid 1999 JD6), which—just last week—flew within 4.5 million miles of the Earth, or about 19 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

http://www.infowars.com/8-giant-asteroids-that-flew-uncomfortably-close-to-earth/