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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:

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