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Astronomers Discover a Tiny New Temporary Moon for the Earth. Welcome to the Family 2020 CD3

Astronomers are increasingly interested in Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs. There are ongoing efforts to find them all and catalog them…

3 months ago

Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile”

When Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, it carried four small rovers with it. Hayabusa…

9 months ago

Hayabusa1’s Samples of Itokawa Turned up Water That’s Very Similar to Earth’s Oceans

A recent study of samples from the asteroid Itokawa has revealed that "dry" asteroids may have delivered up to half…

1 year ago

OSIRIS-REx has Finally Caught up with Asteroid Bennu. Let the Analysis and Sample Collection Commence!

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has reached its destination and is now in orbit around asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft travelled for over…

1 year ago

That Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua Probably Came From a Binary Star System

According to a new study by a team of Canadian astronomers, the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua likely came from a binary…

2 years ago

Project Lyra, a Mission to Chase Down that Interstellar Asteroid

Members of Project Lyra recently published a study advocating a mission to `Oumuamua, the first interstellar asteroid discovered to date.

3 years ago

That Interstellar Asteroid is Probably Pretty Strange Looking

A new study by a team of international researchers shows that the interstellar asteroid `Oumuamua is pretty odd in terms…

3 years ago

Astronomers Practice Responding to a Killer Asteroid”

This past October, scientists from all over the world used the flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4 to test out the…

3 years ago

Impending Asteroid Flyby Will be a Chance to Test NASA’s Planetary Defense Network!

This October, an asteroid will pass Earth by, thus giving NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) a chance to test…

3 years ago

NASA Moves Up Mission to Metal Asteroid Psyche

I'm getting psyched for Psyche, which is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter…

3 years ago