Jaime Nomen represents the La Sagra Observatory (J75) and the La Sagra Sky Survey (LSSS) on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The LSSS is the most prolific European near-Earth object survey of all time. Only the three major NASA-funded surveys (Catalina, LINEAR, and Spacewatch) and the now-defunct WISE space mission score more discoveries than LSSS does.
Nomen and the La Sagra Observatory were awarded a Planetary Society Shoemaker Near-Earth Object Grant amounting to $7695 in 2010. The grant funded the purchase of a new, larger-format SBIG STL-1001 CCD camera that will significantly reduce their image readout times, enabling the discovery of nearby, fast-moving asteroids such as 2012 DA14.
With a new CCD camera configured to shoot rapid, short exposures bought with a Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant we caught near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14.
In spite of some bad weather conditions during the first part of this year, the new camera bought with funds from a Planetary Society Shoemaker Near Earth Object grant helped us to discover and confirm ten new near-Earth objects.