Funding cuts leave Earth with blind spot for potentially catastrophic comets

Funding cuts leave Earth with blind spot for potentially catastrophic comets
 

The Earth has been left with a huge blind spot for potentially devastating comet strikes after the only dedicated comet-spotting program in the southern hemisphere lost its funding, leading astronomers have warned.
The program, which discovered the Siding Spring comet that narrowly missed Mars on Sunday, was shut down last year after losing funding.
“It’s a real worry,” Bradley Tucker, an astronomer at the Australian National University (ANU) and University of California Berkeley, told Guardian Australia.
“There could be something hurtling towards us right now and we wouldn’t know about... read more

 
20 October 2014 in Science &Technology, Views: 42
Source: Guardian
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