HomeSpace NewsThis astronomer turns small Eastern European country into an asteroid-spotting powerhouse

This astronomer turns small Eastern European country into an asteroid-spotting powerhouse

The vast majority of asteroids potentially threatening our planet are discovered by NASA-funded telescopes. The second spot currently belongs to Hungary, a tiny Eastern European country with less than 10 million inhabitants.

This unexpected prominence is mostly down to one man — Krisztián Sárneczky — an astronomer who made headlines last month by discovering a small space rock that was just about to hit Earth. Sárneczky’s success, however, has been achieved against many odds. For one, the sky over Hungary can be overcast for up to 190 days in a year, according to Weather Atlas (opens in new tab). That leaves only about half a year for observations. 

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