Gary Hug is an asteroid hunter. He scans the skies every night looking for new near-Earth objects and refining orbital measurements for existing ones. He is also one of the Planetary Society's Gene Shoemaker Fellows, which is our program to provide highly-skilled amateur astronomers with the equipment and support needed to continue the search for potentially hazardous asteroids.
Join Casey Dreier and Dr. Bruce Betts, who manages the Shoemaker program, as they talk to Gary Hug about how he hunts the night skies, the new NEO he discovered in January, and what drives him.
Gary Hug Discovery Images for Near Earth Asteroid 2013 AS27
On January 7, 2013, Gary Hug discovered near Earth asteroid 2013 AS27 using the new capabilities from a Planetary Society Shoemaker grant provided camera. These two cycling images, taken 13 minutes apart, show the asteroid moving relative to the background stars. Note that there are also "blinking" pixels in the same region that just represent pixel noise, probably from cosmic ray hits in the detector during one image or the other.