“Mountain-sized” asteroid fortunatly not on collision course

Dec 10

Trajectory of asteroid 2014 UR116Trajectory simulation of asteroid 2014 UR116. Credit: NASA/JPL Near Earth Objects are discovered quite regularly, but fortunatly they are often small and their orbits pose no threat to Earth. This week however Russian scientists announced they found an object that was getting a bit to close for comfort: The “mountain-sized” astroid that they found, going by the designation 2014 UR116, was

David Morrisons NEO News (28th of November)

Nov 28

HAYABUSA 2 IS ABOUT TO LAUNCH http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6213/1040.full On 30 November, Hayabusa 2 will lift off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center on a 6-year round trip to asteroid 1999 JU3. If all goes as planned, it should bring home samples not just from the asteroid’s surface but also from beneath it, by blasting a crater and collecting ejecta. =================================== ASTEROID IMPACT THREAT: EXPERTS REPORT ON EARLY-WARNING STRATEGIES Leonard David, in Space News, November 20 (heavily

Launch of the Hayabusa-2 asteroid explorer

Nov 26

Artists impression of Hayabusa-2 and the MASCOT lander
Image credit: DLR

Just weeks ago the Philae probe landed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and now a new lander spacecraft is set ready for its journey to another new world: The Japanees Hayabusa-2 probe that is heading for asteroid 1999 JU3, build by the Japanees space agency JAXA. The Hayabusa 2 is scheduled

NASA publishes map on small asteroid impacts

Nov 24

NASA map of global bolide events

Last week NASA published this map of the world that shows all the impacts of small asteroids onto our planet that they have recorded over the past 20 years. They have recored so called bolide events, which you might refer to as “fireball in the sky”. These bolide events happen more often than you might have though, about every