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An Interstellar Object’s Masquerade

    An Interstellar Object’s Masquerade By Judith E Braffman-Miller Some of the smaller inhabitants of our own Solar System are naughty little objects that teasingly refuse to be designated as one thing or another. But, what is true for our Sun and its family is apparently also true for the children of other stars, and a recent invader from…

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Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Fly Safely Past Earth Super Bowl Sunday

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a close approach to Earth on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. PST. At the time of closest approach, the asteroid will be no closer than 10 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. 2002 AJ129 is an intermediate-sized near-Earth asteroid, somewhere between 0.3 miles and 0.75 miles across. It was…

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Object Visits From Beyond Solar System

  NASA reported on October 26, 2017 that astronomers have been watching a small body that could be an asteroid, or perhaps a comet, apparently from beyond our solar system, from somewhere in interstellar space. If that is indeed the case, it would be the first interstellar asteroid or comet to be observed and confirmed. The object is currently designated A 2017…

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Two Moons of Florence

Asteroid 3122 Florence passed by our planet yesterday, the biggest near-Earth object to pass us so close in about a century. Astronomers at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex tracked 2.8 mile wide Florence by using RADAR between August 29th and September 1… and to their surprise they found that there are two moons in orbit around the asteroid. The pair…

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