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Synopsis

Browser-based app connects to NASA Near Earth Objects API and displays NEOs orbiting our planet on the current day.

API Reference

https://api.nasa.gov/api.html

Background

Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood. Composed mostly of water ice with embedded dust particles, comets originally formed in the cold outer planetary system while most of the rocky asteroids formed in the warmer inner solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is due largely to their status as the relatively unchanged remnant debris from the solar system formation process some 4.6 billion years ago. The giant outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) formed from an agglomeration of billions of comets and the left over bits and pieces from this formation process are the comets we see today. Likewise, today’s asteroids are the bits and pieces left over from the initial agglomeration of the inner planets that include Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

Built With

  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Sass/CSS

Future development

  • Create D3-based UI demonstrating relative absolute magnitude of NEOs.

Author

Christine Taylor

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