NEOShield celebrates World Space Week 2013
The world’s largest space event occurs every year from the 4th to the 10th of October. The designated week, the World Space Week, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to commemorate two space events – the launch of Sputnik 1 on the 4th of October 1957 and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty at the UN, that governs activities in space, on the 10th of October 1967. The NEOShield team
Comet ISON fly by Mars
On its orbit toward a close encounter with the sun at around Thanksgiving, comet ISON will fly by Mars on Tuesday, October 1st. The comet will barrel past Mars at a very close 0.07 AU or 10.4 million km from the red planet. That’s approximately six times closer than it will ever come to Earth. On November 28, the icy comet will come close to the sun’s surface. If it survives to stay as a
Don Quixote is a comet, not an asteroid!
For 30 years the 3552 Don Quixote was believed to be an asteroid. Now, it appears that the third largest near-Earth object whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter is a comet. Scientists at the Northern Arizona University (ANU) have found evidence of comet activity in 3552 Don Quixote. Michael Mommert, a researcher at NAU who was a student of Prof. Dr. Alan Harris at the German Aerospace Center (Institute of Planetary Research, DLR)
Chelyabinsk Debris Circles the Globe
Burning news about the February 15th 2013 meteorite continues to emerge, this time with the assistance of NASA’s Suomi NPP Satellite. The Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russia this past winter entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 18.6km per second, measuring 18m across and weighing 11000 metric tonnes. The bolide immediately began burning up due to air friction and eventually exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Image: NASA Goddard’s Scientifis Visualization Studio From the explosion some pieces of the