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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

Planetary Society Grant Winner Discovers Large Near-Earth Asteroid

The kilometer-wide object won't hit Earth, but would cause global-scale devastation if it did.

Planetary Society Grant Winners Deal with Delays, Hunt Asteroids, and Discover Comet

Every 6 months, we ask our recent Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winners for a progress report. Here's what they told us.

Your Impact: March Equinox 2020

Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.

Announcing the 2019 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.

The Biggest Little Asteroid Observatory

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.

NASA to Build New Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope

The yet-to-be-named telescope would launch as soon as 2024, as part of NASA's new, multi-pronged approach to planetary defense.

The Planetary Society Announces 2019 Call for Proposals for Shoemaker NEO Grant Program

Our grants fund amateur observers, underfunded professional observers, and observers in developing countries who make vital contributions to NEO research.

How Your Donations are Helping Planetary Society Asteroid Hunters

Each year, we ask our Shoemaker NEO Grant winners to help us tell the world about their work. Here's what they said.

Planetary Society asteroid hunters help find rare type of double asteroid

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.

Planetary Defense in the Moroccan Mountains

A little-known observatory is s helping usher an Arab astronomy renaissance.

Let's check in on The Planetary Society's asteroid hunters

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.

Will an Asteroid Hit Earth? Your Questions Answered.

The Planetary Society presents a list of Frequent Asteroid Questions (FAQs).

New report explores threat from near-Earth asteroids

How dangerous are near-Earth asteroids, and what will we do if we find one headed toward Earth?

The 2018 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

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.

Announcing the 2018 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Seven very advanced amateur astronomers will help find, track, and characterize near Earth asteroids.

Planetary Society asteroid hunter snags picture of interstellar visitor ʻOumuamua

Asteroid hunters named the first-known interstellar asteroid ʻOumuamua as a nod to its scout-like traits.

Planetary Society-funded telescopes help find ring around Haumea, a distant dwarf planet

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.

Did a Planetary Society citizen scientist help find one of Earth’s biggest impact craters?

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?

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

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

Five steps to prevent asteroid impacts

For Asteroid Day, Bruce Betts reviews 5 steps needed to prevent asteroid impacts, as well as how The Planetary Society is involved in those.

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