The Close Pass of 2010 AL30

Small pieces of rock, with a big influence (just ask the dinosaurs).
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The Close Pass of 2010 AL30

Post by Christopher K. » January 16th, 2010, 5:21 pm

The LINEAR survey discovered 2010 AL30 on 10 January, and it made a close pass by our home planet the morning of 13 January.

Approximately 16 meters in diameter, 2010 AL30 illustrates the need for continuing support of asteroid-hunting programs. In all fairness, though, stony asteroids 25 meters and smaller almost always burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

LIncoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research is overseen by MIT in coooperation with the Air Force. LINEAR's telescopes observe the sky five times a night, with most of the focus being on the ecliptic. The PI for LINEAR is Grant Stokes.

Other asteroid search programs include Spacewatch, the Catalina Sky Survey, the Japanese Spaceguard Association, and the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT).

Minor Planet Center page for 2010 AL30:
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/mpec/K10/K10A59.html

12 January NEO Alert:
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news167.html

Christopher K.
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Re: The Close Pass of 2010 AL30

Post by Christopher K. » December 14th, 2015, 9:09 pm

A new waveform system at Goldstone was tested during the close visit of 2010 AL30. The object was at that time one of the smallest resolved by radar.

More information:
http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/2010 ... 0al30.html

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