Tag Archives: Asteroids

Lucy is off to Visit Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is on its way. The spacecraft was launched into space on Saturday, October 16th on an Atlas 5 rocket. Its primary target is Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Spacecraft have visited asteroids before, and even brought samples back to Earth. But Lucy is unique: it’ll visit a total of eight asteroids, including seven Jupiter Trojans and one main-belt asteroid. ...

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Images of 42 of the Biggest Asteroids in the Solar System

A huge team of astronomers have combined forces to use the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) to provide the sharpest view ever of 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Fittingly, the collection of images was released on the 42nd anniversary of the publication of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the ...

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When the search for asteroids is under the weather

The proposed NEOCam mission, years in the making, would search for near Earth objects using a space-based infrared telescope. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) by Jeff Foust To scan the night sky for potentially hazardous near Earth asteroids, you have to be able to see the sky. And, lately, that’s been a problem. For the last several years, the number of near Earth ...

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