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NASA's Small Bodies, Big Discoveries Program
Just when you thought it
was safe to go outside again without a comet appearing in
the sky (or field of view of a telescope), 2014 may be the
best year for comets and other small bodies of the solar
system, yet! Four well-known comets reach perihelion in 2014
and Rosetta becomes the first spacecraft to and on a comet
in November. So 2014 ironically highlights some of the
closest and furthest solar system bodies to the sun. The fun
won’t end here either. In 2015, Dawn arrives at Ceres, the
largest of asteroid belt objects and New Horizons becomes
the first spacecraft to explore the Pluto system.
NASA astronomer Lou Mayo will discuss results from the unprecedented suite of NASA assets observing comet ISON, as well as participation from the amateur astronomy community in the Comet ISON Observing Campaign (CIOC) and will look ahead to 2014 and beyond for observing comets, asteroids, and other small bodies.
WAS THE TELRAD TURNED OFF?
SPEAKERS FOR 2014