Sunrise at Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala, Hawai’i
A view into the dome of Pan-STARRS 1 on the summit of Haleakala volcano. The mountain positions its observatories (which also include the Keck I and II telescopes) above the elevation of clouds. In the distance, Mauna Kea also rises above the clouds. © PS1 Science Consortium

DPS 2012: Future impact risks

Posted By Emily Lakdawalla

2012/10/24 01:14 CDT

Continuing my writeup of notes from last week’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting: presentations on the risks of future asteroid impacts. This issue is an interesting moving target, because the more we survey the skies, the more previously unknown asteroids we find. Usually they’re not impact risks, so it becomes less likely that an undiscovered asteroid is on its way to hitting us. At the same time, those surveys inevitably yield the discoveries of objects that do have very low probabilities of hitting us. A couple of talks addressed different sides of this problem.

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