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    Mini-symposium on “Asteroids” (pdf)

    The mini-symposium on asteroids will be organized within the Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris, held at ESA-ESTEC (The Netherlands), 31st October - 4th November, 2016.

    The mini-symposium will take place over two days (31st October and 1st November), and will focus on Collision among Solar System objects. It will consist of two sessions entitled: "Collision rates and impact risks" and "Asteroid origins and characterization". The aim of each session is to review the-state-of-the-art of the corresponding lines of research, but also to present ongoing projects, and to discuss directions for the future developments.

    Main Topics:

    Session 1: Collision rates and impact risks

    •  Methods to estimate collisional probabilities
    •  Velocity distributions among colliding objects
    •  Observational constraints on collision rates
    •  Outcomes of impact events
    •  Methods for asteroid orbit determination
    •  Probability of Collisions with Earth
    •  Post-mitigation impact probability

    Session 2: Asteroid Origins and Characterization

    • Asteroid taxonomic classifications
    • Internal structure of asteroids
    • The near-Earth asteroid population models
    • Origins of near-Earth asteroids
    • Double and multiple asteroids (theory and observations)

    Keynote speakers:

    Dagmara Oszkiewicz - Lowell Observatory, AZ, USA
    Hans Rickman - Astronomical Observatory, Uppsala, Sweden
    Patrick Michel - Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France

    Important dates:

    ·         5th September 2016 (it was 31st July 2016):                        Extended Abstract submissions

    ·         31st Oct – 4th Nov 2016:       The Final Stardust Conference

    ·         31st Oct & 01st Nov 2016: Asteroid Symposia


    Bojan Novakovic - Department of Astronomy, University of Belgrade, email: