If you want to be amongst the first to learn about an incoming asteroid please sign up for our Twitter, Facebook or email alert system. By signing up for our alerts you will be kept up to date on any potential or certain impactors. In the event of an imminent impact we will forward you the official NASA impact alert generated by the Minor Planet Center. While we expect that ATLAS will identify about one asteroid per year that will hit the Earth we also expect that they will be very small and not cause any damage on the ground or loss of life. There is about a one in a hundred chance of an impact this century that could cause widespread damage. We will also send you quarterly updates on the status of the ATLAS system.
Our goal is to provide the world information about the identification of incoming asteroid impacts much like a tornado or tsunami warning system provides advance notice about the possibility of those natural disasters. The difference is that the ATLAS survey system will detect the incoming objects days to weeks in advance of the disaster and the exact time and location of impact will be calculated by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, MA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and the AstDyS group at the University of Pisa, Italy. This will provide time to mitigate the potential loss of life and damage to infrastructure with a coordinated impact response.
We will send you Impact Alerts and Updates. We will send you Impact Alerts when we are aware of any verified impending impact event even if the impactor was not discovered by ATLAS. We will send you Updates quarterly on 30th March, 30th June, 30th September and 30th December. The Tunguska impact event took place on 30 June 1908.
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