[meteorite-list] Astronomers marshaled to help avert asteroid disasters

From: Shawn Alan <shawnalan_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:01:59 -0700
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Hello Listers

This are is a good read, its about Peter Jenniskens work and what he
plans to do in the future.


Shawn Alan
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Astronomers marshaled to help avert asteroid disasters
By David Perlman
Updated 4:12 pm, Sunday, January 11, 2015

When Peter Jenniskens picked up a blackened rock in the Nubian desert
six years ago, the Bay Area astronomer knew he held a chunk from an
asteroid that had broken up in outer space and fallen to Earth.

The rock, and 300 more fragments like it that Jenniskens collected in
the desert, had been spotted by space watchers with telescopes as coming
from a single ?Near Earth Object.?

NASA?s asteroid detectives spotted the complete asteroid in flight a
full day before its pieces fell and guided Jenniskens, an astronomer and
meteorite expert at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, to that precise
desert area in Sudan. They had tracked its course, predicted its
explosive impact when it hit the Earth?s atmosphere, determined where
the blast debris would land and messaged their findings around the

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