Here’s Why Hunting for Asteroids Should Always Be Done at Twilight

Scientists are used to searching for asteroids by scanning the night sky for fast-moving specks of light. However, there’s now a new method that proved to be successful at hunting for asteroids at twilight. It’s turning up space rocks people wouldn’t normally see.

Here’s Why Hunting for Asteroids Should Always Be Done at Twilight

The 2 Largest Asteroid Finders

There are a lot of asteroid finders but the largest ones at the moment are the Catalina Sky Survey, which operates multiple telescopes out of Arizona, and the Pan-STARRS observatory out of Hawaii. These used to be the premier hunters of near-Earth asteroids but they primarily search the sky at night which limits the parts of the sky they can observe in the area right around our planet and the outer Solar System.

Why Hunting for Asteroids at Twilight Is Better

As the sky is hazy at twilight but just bright enough to add difficulty to the search. Scott Sheppard and a team of other scientists working with the Blanco four-meter telescope in Chile have found the first known asteroid that orbits closer to the Sun than Venus and the largest potentially hazardous asteroid to Earth that’s been found in the last several years.

The Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope dome appears under the Milky Way at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.

Usually, near-Earth asteroids appear as very fuzzy and faint point lights zooming through the sky as they don’t emit light on their own and only reflect the light coming from the Sun. This is why it’s easier to see these little dots at night. However, this limits the observation by 50%.

Using Special Equipment

While astronomers made a huge breakthrough with the Blanco four-meter telescope, people are also using the 48-inch Zwicky Transient Facility telescope, located in California, to find asteroids at twilight. The main goal behind asteroid hunting is to understand the population of space rocks and give us a global view of where they come from and how they move around the Solar System.

Things to Know About ‘Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is an upcoming original anime produced by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation. The movie is set to be released on April 12th, 2024 — and will tell the story of Helm Hammerhand.

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim will tell the story of Helm Hammerland and the construction of Helm's Deep.

The development of the film was announced in June 2021, and since then Lord of the Rings fans are eager to learn more about the project. The movie will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama while the animation will be created by Sola Entertainment, a studio owned by the world-famous producer Joseph Chou.

The Origins of Helm’s Deep

The film is set roughly two-and-a-half centuries before the events of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. It follows the adventures of Helm Hammerhand, the legendary King of Rohan who ordered the construction of the impenetrable stronghold — Helm’s Deep.

Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim poster

The production team recently released conceptual art, which clearly shows that the movie’s creative DNA is inspired by Peter Jackson’s six feature films set in Middle-Earth. The anime is being produced by Philippa Boyens, who was part of the original movies’ screenwriting team. The screenplay, on the other hand, is being written by Arty Papageorgiou and Phoebe Gittins and is based on a script from Will Matthews and Jeffrey Addiss.

The Lord of the Rings Anime Will Honor Its Predecessors

In a recent interview Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman, shared that it’s a gift to be able to revisit Middle-Earth with a team that features many of the creative visionaries who were part of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Toby Emmerich revealed that Warner Bros. and its partners are honored to bring the story to life.

Voice casting for the movie began at the time of its announcement and the production team is expected to divulge some of the names tied with the project by the end of February 2022. Regardless of the actors who will lend their voices to the film’s characters, one thing is certain — that this fantasy anime will be an epic portrayal that will leave viewers in awe.