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2012-09-20 09:35:54

Momentum Grows for First Private Deep Space Mission to Map the Inner Solar System and Track Asteroids Posing Threats to Earth The world´s first privately funded deep space mission — SENTINEL — received major support this week from prominent members of the business and financial community who joined the B612 Foundation´s Founding Circle. Founding Circle Members not only contribute substantial funding to the mission, but also pledge continued support in multiple areas...

NASA Releases Last Images Of Dawn Spacecraft Visit With Vesta Asteroid
2012-09-12 14:31:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As NASA's Dawn mission spacecraft speeds away from the giant asteroid Vesta, mission control has released two parting views using images that were among the last taken by Dawn. One set of images is a color-coded relief map of Vesta's northern hemisphere, from the pole to the equator. It incorporates images taken as Dawn began to creep over the high northern latitudes of Vesta. These were dark when Dawn arrived in June 2011. The...

Amateur Astronomers Catch Rare Explosion Sighting On Jupiter
2012-09-12 07:41:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sometime early Monday morning while most of the country was in bed dreaming of sweet nothings, at least two amateur astronomers were out blazing the night skies looking for action. And what they found was the event of a lifetime: A two-second white flash on the surface of Jupiter. Amateur astronomer Dan Peterson, from Racine, Wisconsin, first reported his sighting of the explosion on Jupiter on the cloudynights.com forum. A second...

Dawn Departs Giant Asteroid Vesta
2012-09-06 05:38:04

[ Watch the Video: Dawn's Greatest Hits at Vesta ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid Vesta and is on its way to the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn mission, supposed to last nearly a decade, has been on a journey to study Vesta and Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted early in the history of the solar system. Both speak to conditions and processes present in the early...

Asteroid Needs A Name!
2012-09-04 13:39:18

Watch the Video: NASA Announces Asteroid Naming Contest Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is opening up an opportunity for students to help name an asteroid the space agency will be gathering samples from and returning back to Earth. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is scheduled to launch in 2016. During the mission, a spacecraft will land on the near-earth asteroid currently called 1999...

Vesta Gets Ready For Journey To Ceres
2012-08-31 09:33:59

Watch the Video: Dawn Spacecraft's Farewell Portrait of Giant Asteroid Vesta Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Dawn spacecraft will be departing from asteroid Vesta on September 4 and will head out on a two-and-a-half-year journey towards the dwarf planet Ceres. The spacecraft arrived at Vesta in July 2011 after launching in 2007 on a 3-billion-mile journey towards the asteroid belt. NASA said Dawn will be reaching Ceres in early 2014. Dawn will spiral away...

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2012-08-08 21:42:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It may seem like poppycock, but the methods utilized in the popular movie Armageddon wouldn't work, according to science. Students from the University of Leicester were the ones to burst everyone's bubble by using a popular arch-nemesis when it comes to battling the reality of a movie: physics. In the 1998 film, Bruce Willis, an old-drilling platform engineer, must save Earth from being pummeled by an asteroid by drilling to the...

Meteorites Hold Secrets Of Earth's Formation
2012-07-23 05:32:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists attempting to better understand the formation and the present-day layering of planet Earth have turned to ancient meteorites -- meteorites which they say could hold important clues to some of the Solar System's earliest chemical processes. Those meteorites are known as diogenites, and researchers from the Carnegie Institution, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Maryland studied nine samples...


Latest Asteroid Reference Libraries

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2009-04-28 17:17:08

Johann Daniel Titius was born on January 2, 1729 in Konitz, Royal Prussia. He was a professor at Wittenberg. He is most famous for the Titius-Bode law, which helped him find the existence of a minor planet at 2.8 AU from the sun in 1766. The planet was later named Ceres. Titius died in Wittenberg on December 11, 1796. To his honor, the Titius asteroid in 1998 and the Titius lunar crater are named after him.

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lagrangian Point -- In Lagrangian mechanics, a Lagrangian point (or L-point) is one of five positions in space where the gravitational fields of two bodies of substantial but differing mass combine to form a point at which a third body of negligible mass would be stationary relative to the two bodies. Bodies at the L-point will not move relative to the parent bodies if they are not perturbed by other gravitational forces. They are sometimes also referred to as libration points. The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planet -- A planet is a body of considerable mass that orbits a star and that doesn't produce energy through nuclear fusion. Until recently, only nine were known (all of them in our own Solar system). As of the end of 2002 over 100 are known, with all of the new discoveries being extrasolar planets. Astronomers often call asteroids minor planets, and call the larger planetary bodies (those which are commonly called planets) major planets. Planets within the solar system can be...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Asteroid -- An asteroid, also called a minor planet or planetoid, is a member of a group of small, planet-like bodies that are part of our solar system. They are believed to be remnants of the interstellar clouds, nebula, that were not incorporated into planets during the formation of the solar system. The largest asteroid in the inner solar system is Ceres with a diameter of 1003 km. It also was the first to be discovered, by Giuseppe Piazzi on January 1, 1801. Nowadays, over 9000...

Solar System
2012-10-22 06:09:41

The Solar System refers to the area in space that is dominated by our own Sun. It is comprised of the Sun and its associated astronomical objects that are held in its gravitational orbit. The Solar System was formed as a result of the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The mass of this system is located almost entirely in the Sun. Apart from the Sun, a high percentage of the remainder of the system’s mass is located in the eight solitary planets that...

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