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Our asteroid hunters are trying to save the world. Here’s what they’ve been up to

Jason Davis • April 17, 2017

Here are some recent reports from our NEO Shoemaker Grant program asteroid observers, who are quite literally trying to save the world.

Great whirling Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2016 • 1

Damian Peach's marvelous Jupiter photography, endlessly rotating in GIF form.

WISE Views in Infrared

Judy Schmidt • June 24, 2016 • 3

Amateur image processor Judy Schmidt explains the process of creating gorgeous views of the cosmos from infrared data from the WISE telescope.

Three bright planets: Portraits from the Pyrenees

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2016 • 1

It's a great time to go outdoors and look at planets. I have three glorious planetary portraits to share today, sent to me by amateur astronomer Jean-Luc Dauvergne.

Checking in on Uranus and Neptune, September 2015 edition

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2015 • 5

There are no spacecraft at Uranus or Neptune, and there haven't been for 30 and 25 years, respectively. So we depend on Earth-based astronomers to monitor them, including Damian Peach.

Jupiter's changing face, 2009-2015

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2015 • 4

Damian Peach's photo-documentation of Jupiter helps us monitor the giant planet's ever-changing patterns of belts, zones, storms, and barges, during a time when no orbiting missions are there to take pictures.

Herschel observations of Comet Siding Spring initiated by an amateur astronomer

Peter Mattisson • October 22, 2014 • 4

The European satellite Herschel acquired images of Comet Siding Spring before its death in 2013 — thanks to an observing proposal from an amateur astronomer!

I've been asteroided! (274860) Emilylakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2014 • 13

What a great piece of news to receive upon returning home from vacation! There is now a small piece of the solar system named for me: asteroid 274860 has been formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union. Here is everything I've been able to learn about my namesake asteroid.

One Night Only, a New Meteor Shower that May Be Spectacular?

Bruce Betts • May 22, 2014 • 3

A new meteor shower, the Camelopardalids, will be peaking Friday night/Saturday morning (May 23/24). Especially if you are in North America, you are well positioned to see what may (or may not) be a spectacular show. In either case, scientists will learn about a comet’s history, and you can have a fun night looking at the sky.

Pretty Picture: Three Wanderers

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2014

With all the excitement happening on missions criscrossing the solar system, I often forget to enjoy the views of our solar system that we can achieve from home. Amateur astronomers don't make the same mistake. Here's a lovely photo that Stuart Atkinson sent me, captured last night from Kendal, England, showing four special wanderers.

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