IAWN was established (2013) as a result of the UN-endorsed recommendations for an international response to a potential NEO impact threat, to create an international group of organizations involved in detecting, tracking, and characterizing NEOs. The IAWN is tasked with developing a strategy using well-defined communication plans and protocols to assist Governments in the analysis of asteroid impact consequences and in the planning of mitigation responses.
Currently, IAWN includes members from Europe, Asia, South and North America.
Welcoming Northolt Branch Observatories to IAWN
(Jun 2019) IAWN would like to extend a warm welcome to Northolt Branch Observatories. Earlier this week they submitted a formal request and it has been accepted by the Steering Committee. Northolt Branch operates three facilities with observatory codes Z80, Z48, and Z37 that specialize in asteroid and comet astrometry. The location of the observatories ...
Asteroid 2019 MO: The Latest Confirmed Small Impactor
(25 Jun 2019) On the night of 21/22 June, 2019, the ATLAS team detected a possible new NEO, to which they attached the temporary designation A10eoM1. As is typical, the position measurements of the object were sent to the Minor Planet Center and posted immediately on the NEO Confirmation Page so that worldwide observers might provide additional measurements on the object. ...
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