One of the Planetary Society’s 2018 Shoemaker Near-Earth Object grants has gone to astronomers searching the sky from a mountaintop in the North African nation of Morocco. Observer Michel Ory tells us about their work. Tim Spahr ran the Minor Planet Center for many years. He has moved from that worldwide coordinator for asteroid and comet discoveries to NEO Sciences LLC, and served once again as chair of the Shoemaker NEO judging committee. Wait till you hear what poor Yuri Gagarin had for lunch as he orbited Earth. That’s just one thing you’ll learn from this week’s What’s Up segment.
Morocco Oukaïmeden Sky Survey
Benkhaldoun and Ory
Zouhair Benkhaldoun, the director of Oukaïmeden Observatory at Cadi Ayyad University (left), and Michel Ory, asteroid hunter for the Morocco Oukaïmeden Sky Survey.