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April 21, 2013, 09:23:31 PM

Asteroids and comets often hit the Earth.  Normally these are small, and cause no damage, but occasionally an object large enough to put the future of the Human race at risk hits the planet.  This has often happened in the past, and will happen again.
The Spaceguard Centre has developed a robotic telescope system that is optimised for tracking potentially hazardous asteroids, but we need a wide-field surveillance system. Recently the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge decided to decommission its wide-field Schmidt Camera, an ideal system for us.  Rather than breaking up the telescope they have gifted the instrument to the Spaceguard Centre.
Because the British government is playing no part in asteroid detection or tracking public funding is not available for the project, so we have decided to go ahead on our own, building a dome to house the telescope and upgrading the imaging system.  Any donation (however small) is enormously useful – a brick costs 50p and we need 6490 of them!  We are making excellent progress, so many thanks to those who have already helped us.
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