• STDM Project Group
    STDM Project Group

    Advanced Space Technologies are an essential tool when disaster strikes - find out more with the  Group on Space Technologies For Disaster Management (STDM) Group!

  • SSS Group

    It is vital to keep space clean, safe and useable for future generations - if you are curious how you can contribute, be sure to check out the Space Safety and Sustainability Group!

  • Small Satellites Project Group

    Are you interested in the small satellite community and would like to be up-to-date, while meeting young professionals and students from around the world? Join our group!

  • NEO Project Group

    Near Earth Objects are a substantial hazard to our civilization, but also an opportunity for further space development. The NEO group focuses on everything from detection and mitigation to resource utilization. Check out our page for more information and learn how to get involved!

  • SLP Project Group

    The Space Law and Policy Group incorporates all aspects of those two broad fields of study. It develops the term ‘space law’ as all types of space-related international and national regulations and laws, whereas it interprets the term ‘space policy’ as all kinds of objectives and action plans of the international space community.


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Background

Asteroids are small rocky bodies that are leftover building blocks from the formation of our solar system. Many of those can be found in the asteroid belt orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Others have different orbits around the Sun and can come close to Earth, in this case they are called Near Earth Objects (NEOs). Their size ranges from meters to kilometres in diameter. Due to the potential danger they can pose, it is important to know our cosmic neighbourhood very well. The more objects we are aware of and know about their orbits, the better we are prepared in case one of them gets too close. For detailed information about asteroids and NEOs, please check out SGAC’s NEO documentary here and see the links at the bottom of the NEO Working Group page.

As mentioned, it is important to know how many asteroids are out there and what characteristics they have (size, orbit, etc.). Asteroids are discovered with the help of (optical) telescopes by amateur astronomers. In most cases, pictures of a certain region of the sky are taken a few minutes or hours apart. Since stars do not change positions relative to each other, every moving object is potentially an asteroid (it could also be a satellite). Using special software YOU can make such a discovery.

SGAC gives you the opportunity to take part in an Asteroid Search Campaign. Partnering with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration, SGAC has slots available for 10 -15 teams to participate. Team up with your SGAC friends and start hunting!

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Commercial Space

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Near Earth Objects

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Small Satellites

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