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

by Bob King June 26, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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Awesome Radar Images Reveal Asteroid 2014 HQ124′s Split Personality

by Bob King June 12, 2014

  On June 8, the 370-meter (about 1,300-ft.) asteroid 2014 HQ124 breezed by Earth at a distance of just 800,000 miles (1.3 million km). Only hours after closest approach, astronomers used a pair of radio telescopes to produce some of the most detailed images of a near-Earth asteroid ever obtained.  They reveal a peanut-shaped world called a ‘contact […]

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How Sentinel Will Hunt for Hidden Asteroids

by Jason Major June 5, 2014

Asteroids of various sizes whiz past our planet all the time. Some we know about, but many we don’t, and new ones are identified on an almost weekly basis. (In fact one such recently-discovered asteroid named 2014 HQ214, an object the length of an aircraft carrier, will pass us at a mere 3 lunar distances […]

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Asteroid 2014 KH39 Zips Just 1.1 LD from Earth – Watch it LIVE June 3

by Bob King June 1, 2014

Got any plans Tuesday? Good. Keep them but know this. That day around 3 p.m. CDT (20:00 UT) asteroid 2014 KH39 will silently zip by Earth at a distance of just 272,460 miles (438,480 km) or 1.14 LDs (lunar distance). Close as flybys go but not quite a record breaker. The hefty space rock will buzz across the […]

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Asteroid 2013 UQ4 Suddenly Becomes a Dark Comet with a Bright Future

by Bob King May 8, 2014

On October 23, 2013,  astronomers with the Catalina Sky Survey picked up a very faint asteroid with an unusual orbit more like a that of a comet than an asteroid. At the time 2013 UQ4 was little  more than a stellar point with no evidence of a hazy coma or tail that would tag it as a comet. […]

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