Asteroids

Rosetta Zooms Toward an Extraordinary Comet

by Bob King July 17, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter I thought the photos earlier this week were amazing.  This little movie, made of 36 ‘smoothed’ or interpolated images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, takes it to the next level, showing the comet’s complex shape even more clearly as Rosetta nudges ever closer to […]

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Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia

by Bob King July 10, 2014

“It first looked like a plane with fire coming out of the tail.” – Aaron O. “I have never seen anything like it. Big, bright and moving gently across sky – slower than a plane, not falling at all but moving across.” – Shannon H. “Viewed from cockpit of aircraft at 37,000′. Was visible for two […]

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Ancient Asteroid Impacts Left Serpentine Traces On Vesta: Study

by Elizabeth Howell July 2, 2014

While “dark materials” may leave some of us thinking about a certain Philip Pullman book series, on the asteroid Vesta its presence belies something equally exotic: old smaller asteroid impacts on its surface. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Eureka! Kola Fireball Meteorites Found in Russia

by Bob King July 1, 2014

A spectacular fireball that crackled across the sky near the Russia-Finnish border on April 19th this year left more than a bright flash. A team of meteor researchers from Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic scoured the predicted impact zone and recently discovered extraterrestrial booty. Remove this ad

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Ceres and Vesta Converge in the Sky on July 5: How to See It

by Bob King June 26, 2014

I bet you’ve forgotten. I almost did. In April, we reported that Ceres and Vesta, the largest and brightest asteroids respectively, were speeding through Virgo in tandem. Since then both have faded, but the best is yet to come. Converging closer by the day, on July 5, the two will make rare close pass of each other […]

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