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January 28, 2015
Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Has Moon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 27, 2015
Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images show the asteroid, which made its closest approach today (Jan. 26, 2015) at 8:19 a.m. PST (11:19 a.m. EST) at a distance of about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers, or 3.1 times the distance from Earth to the moon), has its own small moon. The 20 individual images used in the movie were generated from data collected ... read more

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NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013 ... more
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Getting to know Rosetta's comet
Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution. In a special e ... more
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Rosetta Comet 'Pouring' More Water Into Space
There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission's Philae lander touched down in November 2014. ... more
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Updated Charts for Asteroid 2004 BL86 Earth Flyby on Jan 26, 2015
This diagram shows the close passage of 2004 BL86 on January 26, 2015. The view is nearly edge-on to the Earth's orbit; the Moon's nearly circular orbit is highly foreshortened from this viewp ... more
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Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows
Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surfa ... more
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Death of a dynamo -- A hard drive from space
The dying moments of an asteroid's magnetic field have been successfully captured by researchers, in a study that offers a tantalising glimpse of what may happen to the Earth's magnetic core billion ... more
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Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. These are the first ... more
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Europe comet mission deserves Nobel: space chief
A European mission that made the first landing on a comet deserves the Nobel prize, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Friday. ... more
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Meteorite material born in molten spray as embryo planets collided
Asteroids may be a byproduct of planet formation rather than planetary building blocks, according to a recent paper in Nature. Research done at Purdue University suggests collisions of planetary emb ... more
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Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26
An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about ... more
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Amateur astronomers capture comet Lovejoy on camera
Comet Lovejoy was at its brightest on January 7 and 8, but it will remain visible to the naked eye - provided the weather cooperates - through the weekend. ... more
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See comet Lovejoy with the naked eye this weekend
Comet Lovejoy - or more officially, C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy - is named for the Australian amateur astronomer who spotted the glowing green ball just last year. Terry Lovejoy spied the comet through his eight-inch telescope in his backyard. ... more
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Dawn of a strange new world
NASA's Dawn mission is closing in on a mysterious, unknown world in the asteroid belt. The dwarf planet Ceres named after the Roman goddess of agriculture awaits to unlock its secrets. So far, we've ... more
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Rosetta in 2015
Before the Christmas break we left you with a bounty of comet images to create a movie - if you took on the challenge, do post links to your videos on the relevant post: CometWatch - the movie. We a ... more
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Comet Lovejoy Glows Brightest During Mid-January
Comet Lovejoy, already being tracked by backyard astronomers worldwide, is entering its best and brightest two weeks for viewing. From about January 7th through 24th the comet is predicted to be glo ... more
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Philae lander still missing on comet
Recent reconnaissance efforts by the Rosetta probe failed to turn up new information about the whereabouts of the currently silent Philae lander. The small rover, roughly the size of a dishwasher, is missing somewhere on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's surface. ... more
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    Comet probe 'may revive in March': French space chief
    A probe that made the first landing on a comet but fell silent when its battery ran down may revive with sunlight in March, France's space chief said Monday. ... more
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    Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Dwarf Planet Ceres
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in 2007 and is sch ... more
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    Risky Business
    In April 2013, NASA announced that it was in the early phases of planning a robotic mission to snag an asteroid and haul it into lunar orbit for study. At the time, NASA chief Charles Bolden said th ... more
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    Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough
    The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday. ... more
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    Rosetta Orbiter to Swoop Down On Comet in February
    The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year. The flyby w ... more
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    ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015
    The team of scientists and engineers responsible for this fall's historic comet landing are confident Philae's current slumber is only temporary. ... more
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    Rosetta Comet Water Different Than Earth Water
    The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapor from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to be significantly different from that found on Earth. The discovery fuels the debate o ... more
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    Rosetta fuels debate on origin of Earth's oceans
    ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapour from its target comet to be significantly different to that found on Earth. The discovery fuels the debate on the origin of our planet's oceans. ... more
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