Dr. Joe Masiero

Before They Were Meteorites: the Discovery and Characterization of Near-Earth Asteroids

Location: Geology Building - Slichter Room 3656
Time: 2:30PM

Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) are small objects that have the potential to impact Earth. A small impacting asteroid can deliver meteorites, while larger ones could pose a threat to terrestrial life. Because of this, NASA has undertaken surveys of the sky to search for these NEAs. One of these, the NEOWISE space telescope, uses infrared light to find NEAs and make measurements of their properties such as size and reflectivity. A proposed next-generation telescope, NEOCam, would expand the capability to detect and characterize this population. I will present some exciting results from NEOWISE, and what we can anticipate learning from NEOCam.