In a paper published in the Journal of Meteoritics and Planetary Science, UCLA Professor Christopher T. Russell and graduate student Hairong Lai present a new way of monitoring collisions between asteroids and meteroids. Their method, developed based on 30 years of observational data on these small interplanetary objects, may help scientists better predict when debris from these impacts may pose a danger to Earth.
Read more about this recent discovery at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-space-scientists-find-way-245276.aspx .
Professor Russell recently celebrated his seventieth birthday. A two-day symposium was held May 8-9 to honor his long career in planetary science.