Elektra: A New Triple Asteroid

Astronomers have discovered a new satellite orbiting the main belt asteroid (130) Elektra – the smallest object visible in this image. The team, led by Bin Yang (ESO, Santiago, Chile), imaged it using the extreme adaptive optics instrument, SPHERE, installed

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Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, the second brightest icy dwarf planet – after Pluto – in the Kuiper Belt. The moon – provisionally designated S/2015

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Does Antarctica have a hidden layer of meteorites below its surface?

In the category of why-didn’t-I think-of-that ideas, Dr. Geoffrey Evatt and colleagues from the University of Manchester struck upon a brilliant hypothesis: that a layer of iron meteories might lurk just below the surface of the Antarctic ice. He’s the lead author

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A ‘Tail’ of Two Comets

Two comets that will safely fly past Earth later this month may have more in common than their intriguingly similar orbits. They may be twins of a sort. Comet P/2016 BA14 was discovered on Jan. 22, 2016, by the University

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International Space Station to study meteors hitting atmosphere

Peering down at the Earth’s atmosphere from a research window aboard the International Space Station, a new science instrument launching Tuesday will compose unprecedented characterizations of the chemical makeup of shooting stars. Called METEOR, the Meteor Composition Determination experiment will

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Hexagonal diamond could serve as meteor impact marker

In 1967, a hexagonal form of diamond, later named lonsdaleite, was identified for the first time inside fragments of the Canyon Diablo meteorite, the asteroid that created the Barringer Crater in Arizona. Since then, occurrences of lonsdaleite and nanometer-sized diamonds

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Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover a variety of objects both far from Earth and closer to home. The Caltech HIgh-speed Multi-color camERA (CHIMERA) system is looking for

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Don’t Panic: asteroid won’t hit Earth but will get close

Asteroid 2013 TX68 will come fairly close to Earth in early March, but the exact time and distance of its closest approach will not be known until after the fact. Sean Marshall, a fifth-year Cornell University PhD student, works on

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Could Laser Weapon Save Earth from Killer Asteroids?

Potentially hazardous asteroid are still looming large in the minds of scientists engaged in planetary defense issues. Numerous strategies describing deflection of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) have been proposed, including methods employing kinetic impactors, robotic mining or gravity tractors. However, one

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Asteroid scientists explore new ways to save Earth

Scientists at Tomsk State University’s Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics have calculated how to blow up an asteroid with a diameter of 200 meters using nuclear power, while also making sure that dangerously irradiated fragments of the asteroid do

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