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Scientific Outputs

WP Overview

NEOROCKS seeks to set up an efficient system able to link up NEO astrometric and physical follow-up observations. Each project work package contributes to this system:

  • WP1 – Project Coordination and Management
  • WP2 – Education and Outreach
  • WP3 – Observations and Data Analysis (find out more here)
  • WP4 – Orbit Characterization (find out more here)
  • WP5 – Data Management
  • WP6 – International Cooperation


NEOROCKS links up and feeds into NEODyS and NEOScan. NEODyS provides information and services for all Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs). NEOScan is a system dedicated to the scan of the Minor Planet Center NEO Confirmation Page (NEOCP). The goal is to identify asteroids as NEAs, MBAs or distant objects to confirm or remove from the NEOCP and to give early warning of imminent impactors, to trigger follow-up observations.

You can access the Main page of NEODyS from here.

Specific input from NEOROCKS can be found in the following tools:

  • NEODyS Priority List: Known NEOs which need orbit consolidation with observations. Targets up to Vmag=22. Priority based on observational constraints and orbit quality;
  • NEODyS Faint Object Priority List: Known NEOs prioritized as for the PL, but with Vmag up to 25. This is aimed for meter-class telescopes or above;
  • NEOScan Priority List: NEO candidates on the NEO Confirmation Page. This page is very frequently updated and aims to drive observers to those targets that will be soon lost if not observed;
  • NEOScan Ephemerides and Observation Predication: Ephemerides tool for NEO candidates on the NEOCP.


Plenty of further information on our scientific outputs is available in our publications (we update this list regularly, so check back in soon!):

Europlanet Science Congress 2020

Neorocks was well represented at the ESP 2020, between 21 September 2020 – 9 October 2020:

7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference 2021

Here you can find some Neorockers’ presentations at the 7th IAA PDC, 26-30 April 2021. You can also catch the e-lighting talks on our YouTube Channel