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THE COMET AND ASTEROID INFORMATION NETWORK (CAIN)

>From Jonathan Tate, The Spaceguard Centre <fr77@dial.pipex.com>

PRESS RELEASE
Ref: SGC 01/07              
26 December 2001
 
"ROGUE ASTEROID WILL SMASH INTO EARTH ...... OH NO IT WON'T"
 
THE COMET AND ASTEROID INFORMATION NETWORK (CAIN)
 
Since the mid 1990s the issue of asteroid or comet impacts has become
one of the hottest science topics in the public domain.  However, over
the past few years the public has often been given confusing and,
equally often, inaccurate information. 
 
On 1 January 2002 the Comet and Asteroid Information Network (CAIN) will
become active.  Co-ordinated by the Spaceguard Centre in Wales (the
International Spaceguard Information Centre), science centres around the
country are participating in the project.  The aim is to provide timely,
accurate and unbiased information on the subject of Near Earth Objects,
the hazard posed to the Earth, the methods by which the risk can be
reduced and current space policy issues to the public, politicians,
decision makers and the media.
 
The Phase 1 Regional Centres are:
 
         The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
         The Eden Project
         Glamorgan University
         The Glasgow Science Centre
         Herstmonceux Science Centre
         Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre
         Liverpool John Moores University
         Roseland Observatory
         Techniquest
 
A full list, with contact details, can be found at Annex A.
 
For Phase 2, the National Space Centre (Leicester) heads the list of
institutions that have been invited to participate, and CAIN welcomes
applications from science, educational and outreach organisations to
join.
 
The government (British National Space Centre) will shortly announce the
identity of the new National NEO Information Centre.  Although the new
Centre will not be able to comment on a number of aspects of the NEO
hazard (due to contractual obligations to the BNSC) it is hoped that
there will be close co-operation between it and the well-established
Spaceguard Centre (Spaceguard UK) and its extensive network of national
and international contacts.
 
Contact:
 
JR Tate, FRAS                     Tel:     01547 520247
The Spaceguard Centre             Fax:     01547 520247
Llanshay Lane                     Mobile:  07968 195625
Knighton, Powys                   E-Mail:  spaceguard@dial.pipex.com
LD7 1LW                           Website: http://www.spaceguarduk.com
 
The Spaceguard Centre supported by NewHert Ltd. Internet services
provided by PerfectArc Ltd.

Annex A
CAIN
 
REGIONAL CENTRE CONTACT DETAILS
 
Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
 
Professor ME Bailey
Armagh Observatory
College Hill
Armagh
BT61 9DG
Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 3752 2928
meb@star.arm.ac.uk
 
Herstmonceux Science Centre
 
Dr John Becklake
Herstmonceux Science Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RP
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741
hsc@pavilion.co.uk
 

Glasgow Science Centre

Mario DiMaggio
Glasgow Science Centre
50 Pacific Quay
Glasgow
G51 1EA
Mario@dimaggio.org
 
Liverpool JMU and Museum

Dr Mike Simcoe, Dr Andy Newsam
Astrophysics Research Institute
Liverpool John Moores University
Twelve Quays House
Egerton Wharf
Birkenhead
L41 1LD
Tel: 0151 231 2920
mfb@staru1.livjm.ac.uk
 

The Eden Project

Dr A D (Tony) Kendle
Eden Foundation
Watering Lane Nursery
Pentewan
St Austell
Cornwall
PL26 6BE
Tel: 01726 222900
Fax: 01726 222901
http://www.edenproject.com
 
University of Glamorgan

Dr Paul Roche
Dept of Earth and Space Sciences
School of Applied Sciences
University of Glamorgan
Trefforest
CF37 1DL
Tel: 01443 482785
Fax: 01443 482285

Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre
Ian Morison
Jodrell Bank Science Centre
Lower Withington
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 9DL
Tel: 01477 571321
Fax: 01477571618
agl@jb.man.ac.uk, im@jb.man.ac.uk
 
Roseland Observatory

Brian Sheen
Roseland Observatory                      
92 Par Green
Par
Cornwall
PL24 2AG
Tel:  01726 813602
brian.sheen@virgin.net

Techniquest

Anita Shaw
Techniquest
Stuart Street
Cardiff
CF10 6BW
Tel: 02920 475475
Fax: 02920 482517
http://www.tquest.org.uk/> as@techniquest.org
 



CCCMENU CCC for 2001

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