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Jay Tate

Director, The Spaceguard Centre

In January 1997 Tate established Spaceguard UK, which is now the largest independent Spaceguard organisation in the world. Thanks to the efforts of the members the subject of Spaceguard has been publicly debated in both Houses of Parliament, and Tate has been a regular contributor on television and radio, also in professional and popular journals.  Tate and other members of Spaceguard UK advised the government Task Force on NEOs.

Tate is a member of the Board of Directors of the international Spaceguard Foundation, a consultant to the International Astronomical Union Working Group on Near Earth Objects, an associate of COSPAR, the vice-president of the Space Development Council and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  He is the Director of the Spaceguard Centre in mid-Wales, the co-ordinator of the Comet and Asteroid Information Network (CAIN) and leads the International Spaceguard Information Centre.  The Spaceguard Centre has become a leading focus for public outreach and education.  In 2013 Tate was awarded the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement in Planetary Science.

In recognition of his work Asteroid 15116, discovered by the Spacewatch programme in 2000 has been named “Jaytate”.

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See also: Company The Spaceguard Centre - Observatory with the main source of information about near Earth objects in the UK

Details last updated 29-Jun-2020

Jay Tate News

The UK's Spaceguard Centre is a key player in tracking near-Earth objects

BBC - 28-Jun-2020

Space objects aren't in lockdown so glad someone is still keeping any eye out for existential risks

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