Jana Ticha(1), Milos Tichy(1), Michal Kocer(1)
(1) Klet Observatory, Zatkovo nabrezi 4, CZ-370 01 Ceske Budejovice
South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Increasing research results in the field of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) as well as impact hazard investigations cause growing interest among general public and media. Moreover, people like to see and hear about catastrophes, especially if they are far enough. This interest has generated an increasing number of enquiries from members of the public. Furthermore NEO related issues have outstanding educational value and outreach potential. So thus educating the public and the media on NEO detection, impact effects, mitigation missions, impact warnings belong to the most important tasks of NEOs scientists and research institutions.
Our institution represents an unique liaison of the small professional research institution devoted especially to NEO studies (the Klet Observatory, Czech Republic) and the educational and public outreach branch (the Observatory and Planetarium Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic). It has been giving us an excellent opportunity for bringing NEO information to a wider audience. We have been obtaining a wide experience in NEO public outreach and education more than twenty years.