Detecting Exoplanets and Asteroids: First Citizen Science Successes for Backyard Astronomy

Mountain View and Marseille, June 11, 2020. Citizen science pioneers recently made two contributions to a better knowledge of outer space. Backyard astronomers of the SETI Institute and Unistellar network conducted in April citizen science observations, and their discoveries will improve our understanding of asteroids and exoplanets. Thanks to their work, we know precisely the…

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Unistellar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 proved precise enough to contribute to science.

On april 19th, asteroid 2014 JO25 was at its closest to earth (1.9 million km, almost five times farther than the moon). This 650m-wide rock belongs the categories of NEO (Near Earth Objects): it will probably impact earth one day because its orbit crosses earth’s orbit. But be reassured, this is a probabilistic calculation made…

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