A Lasting Legacy for Astronomy Education: Meet Asteroid AdaCarrera

Astronomers hope Near-Earth Asteroid 1999 AP10 will soon have an inspiring new name: AdaCarrera, in honor of the remarkable Ada Amelia Carrera Rodriguez (1936 – 2020) of Mexico, legendary female motorcyclist and lifelong astronomy education advocate, whose legacy continues to shine bright.  AdaCarrera was the overwhelming winner of Unistellar and SETI Institute’s “Nickname the…

Citizen Astronomers Across the Globe Partner for World-Record Research on a Near-Earth Asteroid

Backyard astronomers from 7 countries collaborated to research and shape Near-Earth Asteroid 1999 AP10; astronomers have shaped fewer than 70 Near-Earth Asteroids in history. MARSEILLE, FRANCE, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA –  December 9, 2020 – The world’s first planetary defense team staffed by citizen astronomers has successfully completed its first research mission: Detect and model…

Nickname the Asteroid. Defend the Planet.

Space lovers from around the world have a chance to give a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) its “official nickname.” The winner receives a lifetime of bragging rights, but the prize for science is far more compelling: Knowledge that could defend the planet from a civilization-ending asteroid impact, similar to the event that wiped out the dinosaurs…

Nickname the Asteroid Contest

Unistellar and SETI Institute have mobilized the world's largest citizen astronomer network to conduct valuable astronomical research on Near-Earth Asteroid 1999 AP10. Citizen astronomers across the planet are helping expand our knowledge of this asteroid, so we are giving the world's astronomy lovers a chance to leave their mark on science!