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

Star trails over Palomar Schmidt Dome

Star trails over Palomar Schmidt Dome
Courtesy: Palomar/Caltech

Welcoming ZTF to the IAWN

(Aug 2018) IAWN would like to welcome the Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF to the IAWN as of July 2018! Beginning in early 2018, the Zwicky Transient Facility or ZTF (a collaboration led by the California Institute of Technology; see ATel #11266) began operation.

Read More: Welcome ZTF

IAWN 101

heat map of observations of Michigan bolide

Witness Location and first estimated ground trajectory.
Courtesy of American Meteor Society

The Smallest NEOs: Recent Meteorite Impacts and Their Recovery

(Sep 2018) In the last few months, two small NEOs have been recovered after impacts with the Earth. Couple this with the impact of 2018 LA, and the search for meteorites from that impact, and we have had a pretty busy few months in the meteorite arena.

Read More: Meteorite Impacts and Their Recovery

Close Approach Update

Asteriod designation: 2018 VC7
Discovery station: ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa
Close approach date (UTC): 2018 11 13.10
Close approach distance (× lunar distance): 0.87
Discovery announcement
Latest orbit & observations

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