Our Mission

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.

About IAWN

Observers Twitter feed

Tweets from some of our observing signatories and other active asteroid observers.

Signatories Twitter feed

Tweets from some of our institutional signatories (may have non-asteroid news as well).

NEO News

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A stack of 13 NEOWISE exposures taken March 27 and 28, 2020 centered on the comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), six arcminutes on a side and oriented with North up and East to the left.
Credit: NEOWISE/NASA/JPL

Brightening New Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

(08 Jul 2020) Astronomers and stargazers on the Earth now have a decently bright comet to see. A new comet, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), has just passed perihelion (its closest point to the Sun) on July 3, and will soon appear in the evening sky in the coming weeks -- providing that it doesn't fall apart.
Read More: C/2020 F3


Latest from IAWN

Borisov's Discovery Telescope
Courtesy: G. Borisov

Welcoming 5 new IAWN members!

(Feb 2020) The IAWN Steering Committee has approved 5 more members. They are:

  • Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)
  • Fondazione GAL Hassin
  • Jordi Camarasa, Paus Observatory (B49)
  • Israel Space Agency (ISA)
  • Gennady Borisov, Mobil Astronomical Robotics Genon Observatory (MARGO)

Read More: Welcome New Members

Close Approaches

Asteriod designation: 2020 SZ2
Discovery station: Mt. Lemmon Survey
Close approach date (UTC): 2020 09 19.18
Close approach distance (× lunar distance): 0.95
Discovery announcement
Latest orbit & observations

Close Approach List

Multi-Opp. CAs