Two Asteroids think they are a Comet

Oct 05
The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered something truly unique – a pair of orbiting asteroids that are behaving like a comet. A group of astronomers used the NASA/ESA telescope to observe the system known as 288P in September 2016, just before it made its closest approach to our Sun. To their surprise, 288P is not a single asteroid, as previously thought, but a pair of orbiting space rocks with very unusual characteristics. The asteroids are

Capture the Asteroids 2017

Sep 27
Capture the Asteroids and win a free gift!     For participation please keep in mind: Only amateur photographers are allowed to compete. If you are a professional astronomer or have an IAU observatory code, your are not allowed to participate. Submissions includes at least two images of the same Asteroid (can be an animation). Images cover enough time to show its motion across the sky The Winners would be decided on the basis of

Ancient Asteroid Generated the Hottest Temp Ever Recorded on Earth

Sep 15
When an asteroid smashes into the Earth things get pretty toasty. A 17 mile-wide crater in Canada was home to what scientists say is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Earth’s crustal rock, a whopping 4,300 degrees Fahrenheit. They didn’t just stick a thermometer in there, of course, the crater is some 36 million years old. Instead, researchers from Curtin University in Australia looked to the rocks. Embedded in the crater walls were crystals of

Asteroid Apophis has one in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth

Aug 17
by Tomasz Nowakowski, Astrowatch.net The huge, nearly 400-meter-wide asteroid Apophis is still on a list of hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs), regarded as a potential threat to the planet. However, new calculations made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) show that Apophis' odds of Earth impact are lower than previously estimated. "We cannot yet exclude the possibility that it could impact our planet, but we can calculate that the chance of Earth impact is only one-in-100,000