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 Osservatorio Astronomico Sormano to IAWN
(Jul 2019) IAWN extends a warm welcome to its newest member Sormano Astronomical Observatory, located in northern Italy. This team has been observing NEOs and comets for over 20 years specializing in critical astrometric follow-up of NEOs from the NEOCP and the JPL risk page. Their main instrument is a 0.5m telescope and CCD with a field of view ...
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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