Latest Astronomical surveys Stories
Astronomers announced today that the first Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) telescope, PS1, is fully operational.
Scientists using a NASA funded telescope have detected water-ice and carbon-based organic compounds on the surface of an asteroid.
A free application using data from the UA's Catalina Sky Survey reveals a night sky that is surprisingly busy.
A newly discovered asteroid, 2010 GA6, will safely fly by Earth this Thursday at 4:06 pm Pacific.
Discovery may be in front of your home computer, thanks to "citizen scientist" projects.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) was built to search for "dark" objects in space like brown dwarf stars, vast dust clouds, and asteroids.
A previously undiscovered asteroid passed close to the Earth on Monday after being spotted just 15 hours before the close encounter.
The Catalina Sky Survey detects potentially hazardous asteroids and comets. Now a spin-off survey is finding a windfall of "optical transients" in the same data.
In the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, Congress mandated that by 2020 NASA should be capable of detecting at least 90 percent of objects over 140 meters wide in the vicinity of Earth's orbit.
Near-Earth Object -- Near-Earth Objects (NEO) are asteroids, comets and large meteoroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger. Due to their size and proximity, NEO's are also more easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth and are important for future scientific investigation and commercial development. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less Î”V (change in velocity) than the Moon. In the United States, NASA...
Cerro Tololo Observatory -- astronomical observatory located on Cerro Tololo peak, Chile, with offices in La Serena, about 40 mi (64 km) to the west. Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), it is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which also operates such other major national observatories as the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. The principal instrument is a 158-in. (4-m) reflecting telescope, the largest in the...
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