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Don’t leave it up to cosmic fate; take action right now to defend our planet from dangerous impacts.
We check in our last round of grant winners, who are helping to defend Earth from dangerous asteroids.
The kilometer-wide object won't hit Earth, but would cause global-scale devastation if it did.
Every 6 months, we ask our recent Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winners for a progress report. Here's what they told us.
Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.
Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.
The Center for Solar System Studies, a perennial Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winner, is a small observatory that makes big contributions to near-Earth asteroid research.
The yet-to-be-named telescope would launch as soon as 2024, as part of NASA's new, multi-pronged approach to planetary defense.
Our grants fund amateur observers, underfunded professional observers, and observers in developing countries who make vital contributions to NEO research.
Each year, we ask our Shoemaker NEO Grant winners to help us tell the world about their work. Here's what they said.
A global team of astronomers has found a rare type of asteroid, where two equal-mass objects circle each other in a never-ending dance as they hurtle through the solar system.
A little-known observatory is s helping usher an Arab astronomy renaissance.
The Shoemaker NEO Grant program funds advanced amateur astronomers who help determine if nearby asteroids will hit Earth. Here are some collected reports from our asteroid hunters.
The Planetary Society presents a list of Frequent Asteroid Questions (FAQs).
How dangerous are near-Earth asteroids, and what will we do if we find one headed toward Earth?
In 2018, The Planetary Society awarded $59,300 as part of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant Program. The grants were made to a group of international researchers to find, track, and characterize potentially hazardous NEOs.
Seven very advanced amateur astronomers will help find, track, and characterize near Earth asteroids.
Asteroid hunters named the first-known interstellar asteroid ʻOumuamua as a nod to its scout-like traits.
Haumea has a ring! Two telescopes used in the discovery—one in Slovenia, and one in Italy—received funding from The Planetary Society's Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant program, which helps amateur astronomers find, track and characterize near-Earth asteroids.
Scientists have found what appears to be a 250-kilometer-wide crater near the Falkland Islands. Is it ground zero for Earth's largest-ever extinction event?