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Citizen Scientists Can Now Help Discover NEAs Using Asteroid Zoo
2014-06-25 09:09:37

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) are space rocks that will pass close by our planet with a potential risk of impact. NASA, astronomers and scientists search the sky continually for these types of asteroids. Now, with the launch of Asteroid Zoo, the general public can assist in the search for undiscovered NEAs. Asteroid Zoo was launched on June 24, 2014 by Planetary Resources and Zooniverse allowing the general public, citizen scientists...

NASA Asteroid Initiative
2014-02-13 07:01:17

NASA In June of last year, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and shared with the international community what NASA is doing to detect and track asteroids. He also engaged the United Nation’s support for NASA’s mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid to lunar orbit, and then send humans to explore it by 2025. Following Bolden’s presentation, Mazlan Othman, director of the U.N. Office for Outer...

Car-Sized New Year's Asteroid Enters Earth Over Atlantic Ocean
2014-01-03 11:11:33

[ Watch the Video: First Asteroid Of 2014 ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to NASA, the first asteroid of the 2014 season was discovered by Catalina Sky Survey, a NASA-sponsored observatory near Tucson, Arizona. It has been designated as 2014 AA and was viewed moving across the sky early Wednesday morning, January 1, 2014. The size of 2014 AA was estimated to be between seven and 10 feet and had the potential of striking Earth. The exact path of the...

Hawaiian Telescope Discovers Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object
2013-06-25 13:56:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA said the 10,000th near-Earth object (NEO) has been discovered using the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope in Hawaii. Astronomers spotted asteroid 2013 MZ5 on the night of June 18, marking a significant milestone for the NEO search. The space agency said 90 percent of all NEOs discovered were first detected by NASA-supported surveys. "But there are at least 10 times that many more to be found before we can be assured we will have found...

President Barack Obama's NASA Budget Proposal Welcomed By UA Asteroid Experts
2013-04-11 08:10:17

University of Arizona Scientists at the University of Arizona welcome President Barack Obama's NASA budget proposal, rolled out today, and specifically its focus on gaining a better understanding of asteroids that could potentially harm Earth. The UA has a unique depth of capabilities and expertise that can help inform such missions and ensure their success. The UA is operating the most prolific ground-based system for identifying near-Earth asteroids, and it is tasked by NASA with...

Lost Asteroid Rediscovered By Amateur Astronomer
2012-10-13 05:05:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) reports that it has rediscovered an asteroid that was once lost through the agency's space hazards program. Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2008SE85 was first discovered back in September 2008 by the Catalina Sky Survey, and was observed by a few observatories the following month. However, no one since then has observed the object, and predictions for its current position had become so inaccurate that...

City-Block Sized Asteroid Whizzing By Earth Tonight
2012-06-14 13:52:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com A huge asteroid the size of a city block will be skimming by Earth on Thursday night at 8:00 eastern time. The giant space rock is about 1,650-feet wide and is big enough to qualify as a potentially hazardous asteroid.  However, experts stress there is no chance of a collision, and it will be passing Earth at a safe 3 million miles away. Astronomers in Australia discovered the asteroid 2012 LZ1 on Sunday night, and found that the object is going to...

Image 1 - Astronomers Release Unprecedented Data Set On Celestial Objects That Brighten And Dim
2012-01-13 04:53:21

Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Arizona have released the largest data set ever collected that documents the brightening and dimming of stars and other celestial objects–two hundred million in total. The night sky is filled with objects like asteroids that dash across the sky and others–like exploding stars and variable stars–that flash, dim, and brighten. Studying such phenomena can help astronomers better...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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