The search for Near Earth Objects (NEO) - Microplanets (comets, asteroids and meteoroids) that share our region of the solar system. Inspired by the work of Gene Shoemaker and a memorial lecture by Ken Russell from the Anglo Australian Observatory.  The term Spaceguard was coined by Arthur C Clarke in his 1973 science fiction novel Rendezvous with Rama. The introduction has an uncanny September 11 coincidence.  (Extract)
[NEO News frequent updates] [Alerts] [Notes for Journalists] [FAQ][The alarm bells are ringing]
[Rocks from Space - series] [Quick quizz]
[Status of the Australian NEO search- updated March 2002 with 60 Minutes story and letter from 91 scientists+ Follow-up letter from Spaceguard UK in May] [Open letter to Prime Minister Rudd July 2009]
[Jan 2013: funding for a professional search of southern skies ceases]
[Draft Proposal for Australia (1999)]
[Rough Guide to Impact Frequency]
[Risk and consequences][Risk of impact (AAAS paper)]
[Leonids meteor shower]
[Impacts and mass extinctions][Environmental effects]
[Tsunami from asteroid impacts]
[Transpermia - exchange of life via meteoroids]
[Dozens of NEO Web Links[NEO Space Missions]
[Books] [Bits & pieces] [Correspondence with Australian politicians (mostly shameful)]
[Press releases 25 Sept 1998, 27 May 1999 ,1 Dec 1999, 19 Sep 2000, 25 Feb 2001]
[6 Feb 2002 15 Mar 2002 19 Mar 02]
[Contact Information]
The Planetary Society Defend Earth web page

Past alerts

    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Scene from Armageddon

Some articles by Michael Paine

The alarm bells are ringing!

Big splash - Comet SL9 hits Jupiter in 1994

See also FAQs.

Prepared by Michael Paine (home page) : email.
His views - not necessarily those of people involved in the Spaceguard Survey or

The Planetary Society Australian Volunteer Co-ordinators or the Planetary Society
Started in 1997 (when web page names were limited to 8 letters). For last update see News