/ Modified jan 26, 2024 11:29 a.m.

Asteroid hunters welcome Arizona citizen scientists to scan the sky

Catalina Sky Survey wants to find dangerous near-Earth objects "before they find us."

Sky Survey Asteroid approaches Earth's atmosphere.
Kevin Gill

Southern Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey is celebrating its 26th year watching the sky for near-Earth asteroids.

Director Carson Fuls explains the Survey's focus has increased as more wayward space rocks are discovered.

“We mostly care about the ones that come close to the Earth, and our goal is to find them before they find us,” he said.

An astronomer in Europe discovered an asteroid last weekend only hours before it burned up in the atmosphere near Berlin.

The Catalina Sky Survey is welcoming Arizona citizen scientists to join its hunt for Earth-threatening hazards. Anyone wishing to take part can link to [The Daily Minor Planet} (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/fulsdavid/the-daily-minor-planet for more information.

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