An interview with Carolyn Shoemaker,
the world's leading and most prolific asteroid/comet discoverer

Friday, June 21, 2002
Flagstaff, Arizona

7 minutes, 36 seconds; 9.1 Megs

In this interview, Carolyn Shoemaker discusses just how serious a comet/asteroid strike on Earth is, what can be done to prevent strikes, the recent near miss of Asteroid 2002 MN, the spectacular discovery and crash of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 into Jupiter, and how she first got interested in hunting asteroids and comets. Considered the world's leading and most prolific asteroid/comet discoverer, Carolyn has 350 numbered asteroids to her credit (asteroids whose orbits have been determined), 800 unnumbered asteroids (asteroids whose orbits are still being calculated), and 32 comets. Our discussion with Carolyn took place in her office at the USGS Center of Astrogeology in Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

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