Astronomers warn of risks after key comet-spotting program is shut
October 20 , 2014
Astronomers have warned of risks to the Earth after a key comet-spotting program run in Australia was shut for lack of funds, according to media reports.
The program, the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere, had discovered the comet that missed Mars by a narrow margin on Sunday, October 19.
The Siding Spring survey, as the program was called, searched for asteroids, meteors, and comets that could be potentially dangerous. Funded by Nasa, the survey was led by the Scottish-Australian astronomer Robert McNaught.