We present here the research carried out at the orbit@home project, that focuses on producing an optimized search strategy for dedicated astronomical surveys to search for near-Earth asteroids. This work is lead by Pasquale Tricarico at the Planetary Science Institute (PSI), in collaboration with Ed Beshore, Steve Larson, Andrea Boattini at the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), and Gareth Williams at the Minor Planet Center (MPC).
The BOINC pages and processes have been disabled pending future support to this project. Thanks everyone, we hope to have some good news soon.
The little asteroid 2011 MD, about 10 meters in diameter, will fly by the earth on Jun 27. We have posted here some animations showing the geometry of this encounter. It is interesting to note that it will come closer than the GPS satellites, and also that it comes from the norther hemisphere, passes over the Earth's south pole, and then is deflected so strongly that leaves the Earth back in the northern hemisphere.
We are pleased to announce that new storage equipment has been ordered today. We should receive, install, and test it within the next two weeks. This upgrade is critical to allow orbit@home to continue operations and to keep growing beyond the volunteers base of 25,000 that we just recently reached. A grateful acknowledgement goes also to all the people that donates to this project, as this gives us the much needed flexibility to take care of unexpected project requirements such as this one.