Asteroid Observers

News Feature

Release Date

February 27, 2020

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Synopsis

A feature story for WFMZ's sweeps period in 2020.


Thousands of Near Earth Asteroids cross Earth's orbit, and a fraction of these asteroids have the potential to collide with the planet. In order to keep our world safe, astronomers from across the globe keep an eye on the skies using a combination of radio and optical telescopes. Some of them may even be from your neighborhood.


The original story on WFMZ:

https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/berks/berks-natives-among-observers-who-track-asteroids/article_6bf2a4ee-5919-11ea-ae9e-3fbbf2e48edb.html

Companies/Organizations

Animation 2020

Animation
August 9, 2020

Videography 2020

Videography
August 9, 2020

Andrew's Roles

Animator

WFMZ Feature Story

Start Date

December 1, 2019

End Date

March 1, 2020

  • Built and animated digital 3d models in Blender of radio telescopes, asteroids, spacecraft, the Chicxulub K-T extinction impact, and a scale model of the solar system featuring hundreds of Near-Earth object orbits based on data from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Iterated animations based on stringent broadcast requirements

Editor

WFMZ Feature Story

Start Date

December 1, 2019

End Date

March 1, 2020

  • Edited interviews, b-roll, and animations for scientific news feature.

  • Iterated multiple edits to fit stringent broadcast requirements

Photojournalist

WFMZ Feature Story

Start Date

December 1, 2019

End Date

March 1, 2020

  • Shot interviews and b-roll of radio and optical astronomers in New Jersey, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico

  • Coordinated filming dates and locations with interview subjects and scientific institutions

  • Took special precautions to avoid introducing equipment-generated electronic interference into highly sensitive radio telescope systems

  • Wrote and edited news segment script to simplify highly complex scientific principles for general audience