Using data from ground-based observatories and the Hubble space telescope, an international team of scientists found evidence that ‘Oumuamua is an interstellar comet after all.
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While observing a distant galaxy cluster, an image taken by Hubble was photobombed by 22 previously undetected asteroids.
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Up for a challenge? Planetary action is certainly heating up this summer: Jupiter passed opposition last month, Saturn does so in June, and Mars reaches favorable viewing next month. And with dazzling Venus in the west and Mercury to joining it starting in late June, we’ll soon have all of the naked eye classical planets in the evening sky.
Now, I want to turn your attention towards a potential naked eye object, you’ve probably never seen: asteroid 4 Vesta.
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A tiny crashed exploded above the skies of Africa on Saturday, June 2nd. It turns out, it had been discovered just hours before impact.
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A new study by a pair of astronomers has indicated that near Jupiter, there is an interstellar asteroid that has been there since the early days of the Solar System.
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Incoming: The Earth-Moon system has company tonight.
The Asteroid: Near Earth Asteroid 2010 WC9 is back. Discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey outside Tucson, Arizona on November 30th, 2010, 2010 WC9 was lost after a brief 10 day observation window, and was not recovered until earlier this month. About 71 meters in size, 2010 WC9 is one of the largest asteroids to pass us closer than the Earth-Moon distance.
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A new study provides evidence of a so-called lost planet that was formed in the early days of the Solar System, and subsequently destroyed in a collision.
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According to a new study by a team of Canadian astronomers, the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system
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70,000 years ago, Scholz’s Star visited our neighbourhood, and changed the trajectories of hundreds of objects in out Solar System.
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Some might think it’s paranoid to think about an asteroid hitting Earth and wiping us out. But the history of life on Earth shows at least 5 major extinctions. And at least once, about 65 million years ago, that extinction was caused by an asteroid. Preparing for an asteroid strike, or rather preparing to prevent […]
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