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Deflecting an Asteroid

Scientists are planning a mission, what they are calling the first planetary defense test. They plan to deflect an asteroid and alter its path.

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen: The Brightest Comet of 2018

  Comet 46P/Wirtanen is due to closely sweep passed the sun on December 12, 2018 and then pass the Earth on December 16. 46P/Wirtanen is a small short-period comet that was discovered photographically on January 17, 1948, by the American astronomer Carl A. Wirtanen at the Lick Observatory.The comet has a current orbital period of 5.4 years. On December 16, 2018 the comet will pass Earth at…

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2018 Geminids Coming Soon

  It’s December and it’s time for another Geminid Meteor Shower. Caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, the Geminids are thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a “rock comet” orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. This shower favors the Northern Hemisphere, but will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere as well….

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