Asteroids

Space Odyssey: Argonne Scientists Among The First To Study Asteroid Fragments

Argonne scientists at the Advanced Photon Source are among the first to study tiny fragments of near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu, collected by a Japanese space mission. These fragments could tell us long-hidden secrets about how our planet and solar...
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The Next Near Earth, Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Is The Size Of A School Bus

Today is the day NASA predicted the asteroid 2021 NY1 would orbit closest to our own planet Earth. This asteroid is classified as a “very small” asteroid, coming in at between 0.133 to 0.297 kilometers in diameter. Predictions suggest...
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Solar Electric Propulsion Makes Nasa’s Psyche Spacecraft Go

The spacecraft will launch in August 2022 and travel about 1.5 billion miles (2.4 billion kilometers) over three and a half years to get to the asteroid, which scientists believe may be part of the core of a planetesimal, the building block of an...
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The Moon Was Pummeled Even Harder By Asteroids Than It Looks

The Moon’s pitted surface tells a tale of repeated impacts over a long period of time. While Earth’s active geology erases most evidence of impacts, the Moon has no mechanism that can do the same. So there it sits, stark evidence of an...
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A Popular Rv Maker Has Unveiled A More Than $400,000 Tiny Home In A 'box' Built On A Mercedes-benz...

The Asteroid of Happiness B Box RV. Advanced RV Advanced RV unveiled the Asteroid of Happiness, a camper van RV built on its "B Box" concept. Advanced RV has seen an increasing number of sales. See inside the tiny home on wheels, which can...

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Watch Bright Flash Appear On Jupiter After Suspected Collision With Space Object

Space is equally mesmerising and dangerous. While one gazes up at the sky, marvelling at the beauty of the stars, asteroids are crashing into planets, planets are being devoured by stars, and stars are exploding or being swallowed by black holes....
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Hackaday Podcast 136: Smacking Asteroids, Decoding Voyager, Milling Cheap, And Ps5 Triggered

Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys look back on a great week of hardware hacking. What a time to be alive when you can use open source tools to decode signals from a probe that has long since left our solar system! We admire two...
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European Facility Prepares For Haul Of Samples Returning From Planetary Bodies

The Institute of Planetary Research at DLR (German Aerospace Center) is starting construction of a new Sample Analysis Laboratory (SAL) dedicated to the study of rock and dust samples from planetary bodies such as asteroids and the Moon. The first...
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The Once-sedate Astronomy World Is Quarreling Over An 'alien' Asteroid

'Oumuamua, the cigar-shaped object from another solar system that whizzed through our own in 2017, continues to perplex astronomers. Its inexplicable properties have prompted some to propose that the object was an alien craft of some sort, while...
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Modern Snakes Evolved From A Few Survivors Of Dino-killing Asteroid

A new study suggests that all living snakes evolved from a handful of species that survived the giant asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and most other living things at the end of the Cretaceous. The authors say that this devastating...
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Moon's Magma Ocean Was Likely Bombarded By Asteroids, Scientists Say - Cnet

Even when it was still relatively fresh out of the cosmic oven, our satellite got heavily impacted.
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Here’s Our Best View Yet Of Asteroid Kleopatra

The European Southern Observatory returns intriguing views of enigmatic asteroid 216 Kleopatra. It’s not every day we get a new look at a distant world, let alone a strange misshapen asteroid. But that just what happened last week, when the...

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Studying The Moon's Oldest Geologic Imprints

New Curtin research has found the moon may have been subjected to much greater impacts from asteroids and other bodies than previously thought, building on our understanding of the moon's earliest geologic evolution.
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There’s A Weird Asteroid Shaped Like A Bone Whipping Around Our Sun

Astronomers have got their closest look yet at an unusually shaped asteroid orbiting the sun in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.
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Earth Just Had Its Closest Asteroid Encounter Of 2021 - Cnet

This curious little space rock never posed a threat, though.

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Nasa Are Squaring Up Against The Asteroid Threat

The world faces many terrestrial crises right now, so it’s easy to forget that giant space rocks may one day threaten the very existence of entire civilizations. Yes, the threat of asteroid strikes is a remote one, but nevertheless something...
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Why Are Rubble Pile Asteroids Shaped Like Diamonds?

Scientists are fortunate enough to have detailed, close-up views of the near-Earth asteroids Bennu and Ryugu. Both asteroids have a diamond shape, for some reason. Why? Up until now, it’s been a puzzle. Now a team of scientists has tackled...

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The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into The Light

Using cameras aboard the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, Japanese scientists get a rare, close-up glimpse of a space rock’s structure.
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Scientists Capture Detailed Image Of One Of The Most Mysterious Asteroids In The Solar System

Discovered in 1880, the celestial body – or rather its extraordinary shape – has baffled scientists for decades. It appears that the name "Dogus treatus" would fit it more, because it looks like a ham-bone that canines love to chew on. However,...
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Eso Captures Best Images Yet Of Peculiar "dog-bone" Asteroid

Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT), a team of astronomers have obtained the sharpest and most detailed images yet of the asteroid Kleopatra. The observations have allowed the team to constrain the 3D shape and...
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