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.
(18 Mar 2019) On 18 December 2018, U.S. government sensors and infrasound sensors (originally put in place to detect nuclear explosions) detected an airburst from a previously undetected NEO. The object exploded harmlessly at around 26 km above the Earth's surface. Data on these events are provided to NASA ...
Comets and the IAWN
(Jan 2019) Here at IAWN, we are interested in all natural objects that can come near the Earth. This means asteroids in principle, but also comets. Comet close approaches are much less frequent than those of asteroids, but we must still keep track of them ...