IAWN was established (2013) 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 Vinjan Observatory to IAWN
(Nov 2018) Vinjan Observatory (VO), Tican joins IAWN, with telescope facilities for survey, follow-up and physical characterisation of minor planets in the Solar System. VO has more than 25 years of asteroid observing, discovery and follow-up (MPC code 120 and newly allocated MPC code L01).
What is a PHA?
A handful of recent popular press articles have used the term 'potentially hazardous object' or PHA to describe a specific type of NEO. While the name carries with it a bit of sinister connotation, the truth is nearly all objects in this category are not 'hazardous' at all! The term PHA was introduced by...