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Latest Minor planet Stories

Ancient Star Surrounded By Gas From Comet Collisions
2012-11-09 10:48:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a radio telescope in the mountainous area of southern Spain back in 1995, astronomer Benjamin Zuckerman and two colleagues found an unusually high amount of carbon monoxide gas orbiting a star in the constellation Cetus, 49 CETI. "We now believe that 49 CETI is 40 million years old, and the mystery is how in the world can there be this much gas around an otherwise ordinary star that is this old," said Zuckerman, currently a UCLA...

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2012-01-27 14:07:20

An asteroid about the size of a bus flew past Earth on Friday at a distance within about 36,750 miles. Asteroid 2012 BX34 was first detected on Wednesday and skimmed by Earth at about a fifth of the distance of the Moon. Astronomers assured everyone on Earth that there was no cause for concern, and that if it would have entered the atmosphere, it would not have survived. Despite not being a big threat, the asteroid did make a record as one of the top 20 closest asteroids to approach...