Our Mission

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.

About IAWN

NEO News

Witness location and estimated ground trajectory of Asteroid 2018 LA
Courtesy: American Meteor Society

2018 LA - The Discovery of Another Very Small Impacting NEO

Richard Kowalski of The Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) has discovered yet another small (2-4 meter diameter) NEO just hours before it exploded harmlessly in the atmosphere above the southern regions of Africa.

Read More: 2018 LA

IAWN 101

typical orbits of Apollo class NEOs

Typical orbits of Apollo class NEOs.

Near Earth Object (NEO) Primer

(July 2018) First in a series of articles that will explore some of the background topics associated with IAWN. We start with the most basic: What are NEOs?

Read More: What are NEOs?

Close Approach Update

Asteriod designation: 2018 PD20
Discovery station: ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa
Close approach date (UTC): 2018 08 10.61
Close approach distance (× lunar distance): 0.09
Discovery announcement
Latest orbit & observations

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