Jul 31

Rubin Observatory : New Algorithm Developed for Rubin Ensnares its First Asteroid

Image showing the orbit of 2022 SF289 (green) at its closest approach to Earth (orbit in blue). The orbits of Venus and Mars are shown in orange and red, respectively. J. Moeyens/University of Washington/OpenSpace

A team from the University of Washington’s DiRAC Institute has developed a new asteroid-discovery algorithm to use with future data from Rubin Observatory, and they just discovered their first new near-Earth asteroid while testing the algorithm on an existing data set.

The newly-discovered “potentially hazardous” asteroid is about 600 feet (183 meters) long, and it poses no risk to Earth for the foreseeable future…which is good to know. In fact, that’s why optimizing Rubin’s ability to detect near-Earth asteroids is so important — the better we can monitor the space rocks in Earth’s vicinity, the safer our planet will be.

Read more at Rubin website