Using data provided by the Lowell Observatory and Minor Planet Center, this fascinating video provides a view of our knowledge of nearby asteroids and how closely their paths intersect with Earth's
. The voiceover explains the count of objects, and what the colorations mean. [slyt]
The International Academy of Astronautics is holding the Planetary Defense Conference: Protecting Earth from Asteroids
May 9-12, 2011. in Bucharest, Romania [more inside]
On July 17th, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
(WISE) satellite completed its first survey of the entire sky viewable from Earth
. After just seven months in orbit, WISE -- a precursor to the planned James Webb Space Telescope
-- has returned more than a million images that provide a close look at celestial objects
ranging from distant galaxies
. The first release of WISE data, covering about 80 percent of the sky, will be delivered to the astronomical community in May of next year
, but in the meantime we can see some of the images and animations that NASA has released to date: Galleries (containing just a small selection of images)
. Videos and Animations: 1
, 2 [more inside]
The European Space Agency's Rosetta
craft has returned stunning images
of the asteroid 21 Lutetia
, including this one
which couples Lutetia with a member of our planetary family. [more inside]
Star Trek nerd alert: Standard orbit, Mr. Sulu." Captain Kirk barks out
NASA announces Dawn, an ion propulsion rocket to two asteroids, Vesta and Ceres.
Not only does Dr. Duncan Steel
have a manly name
, he's also one of the guys responsible
for keeping those pesky asteroids
away from Earth
Vintage arcade artwork.
In free, vector goodness. For collectors restoring a piece of arcade history and enthusiasts who want to create some great art to hang in the den. Who doesn't want a giant Q-Bert
on their wall?
Asteroid orbits Enter the designation or name of any asteroid or comet, and a 3D orbit visualization tool will appear for that object
If Chicken Little had this link he might have calmed down a little. Or not...Find out if your favorite asteroid is about to rock your world.
But wouldn't this have made a big dent in the middle east peace process?
Leonid Meteor Shower
- Hot or Not? Was it a once-in-a-lifetime event, as was billed, or did you just find yourself standing out in the cold and looking straight up? I'm on my way outside right now to shiver & stare.
Lucifer's Hammer... misses.
Well, ok, maybe it was only his tack-hammer, but the people in London would have hated it... [scroll down to second story]