The Spaceguard Centre is the only organisation in the UK addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects. NEOs are asteroids and comets that come close to, and sometimes collide with the Earth.Such impacts can have devastating effects - they have in the past and will in the future unless we use available technologies to prevent them.The aim of Spaceguard UK is to develop and maintaina world class facility for astronomical research and science education,with a specific emphasis on the Spaceguard project. We want to bring the wonders of the universe to everyone in a fun and understandable way.Spaceguard UK operates the Spaceguard Centre located in Knighton, Powys, UK from where we provide timely information to the public, press, media and education about the threat of asteroid and comet impacts, and the ways in which we can predict and deal with them.
Forget Hollywood films such as Armageddon, Deep Impact, Deadly Skies and the like. The Spaceguard Centre is doing it all for real. During my visit to the Spaceguard Centre I was absolutely blown away to learn members of Spaceguard UK have already been active in promoting the assessment of the United Kingdom's contribution to the international NEO detection effort. The founders of this amazing space observatory high in the Welsh Powys hills have been scanning our skies for many years now and are very keen to pass on their knowledge to all visitors to the centre. Whether you are a keen enthusiast or not you will leave the Spaceguard Centre feeling very glad you came and I'm sure planning your next visit back to this truly remarkable attraction.