Latest Minor planet Stories
After a journey of more than 7 1/2 years, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was expected to enter orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, this morning.
New images of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during its approach to the dwarf planet are the best yet obtained by the spacecraft, and appear to show evidence of craters as well as a mysterious white spot first discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2003.
What’s rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth? An asteroid named “Univofutah” after the University of Utah.
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.
An asteroid about the size of a bus flew past Earth on Friday at a distance within about 36,750 miles.
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