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More Near Earth Objects (NEOs).

alfamav

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Report this Jan. 24 2014, 10:29 am

January 23, 2014


Mission Status Report


In its first 25 days of operations, the newly reactivated NEOWISE mission has detected 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 near-Earth objects (NEOs) and four comets. Three of the NEOs are new discoveries; all three are hundreds of meters in diameter and dark as coal....


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/wise/newsfeatures.cfm?release=2014-023


Spockism 1: "In this universe, there is no Mass, Weight, Charge or Gravity: There is only Energy." Spockism 2: "All motion is ORBITAL and GYROSCOPIC." Spockism 3: For Photons: "Energy x Wavelength is constant." For Wave-Particles: "Energy x Diameter is constant."

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Report this Jan. 24 2014, 1:15 pm

The dark as coal chunks of rocks may in fact be compressed carbon that might contain diamonds.


A bullfrog with a light in its belly is nothing more than a glutton looking to shine otherwise.

alfamav

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Report this Jan. 27 2014, 9:16 am


 



 


Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars


More than 100 asteroids were captured in this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, during its primary all-sky survey. In August of this year, the mission was revived to hunt more asteroids, and renamed NEOWISE.


Not all of the asteroids are easy to see, but some stand out as a series of dots. Each dot in a track shows one asteroid, captured at different times as it marched across the sky. The asteroid at center left is called (2415) Ganesa.


Clusters of stars can also be seen; for example, NGC 2158 glitters like a jeweled brooch at center right. There are about 2,500 stars in this view, which is about 30 light-years across.


Clouds of gas and dust surround the region, visible only in infrared light.


Spockism 1: "In this universe, there is no Mass, Weight, Charge or Gravity: There is only Energy." Spockism 2: "All motion is ORBITAL and GYROSCOPIC." Spockism 3: For Photons: "Energy x Wavelength is constant." For Wave-Particles: "Energy x Diameter is constant."

Palomar1932

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Report this Jan. 30 2014, 4:02 am

Thanks Alfamav. 


It seems the NASA experts are actually doing something.


Let's hope they're also working on a plan to re-use some of their space weapons to destroy any incoming asteroids!


LL&P.

miklamar

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Report this Jan. 30 2014, 6:30 pm

Thanks, Alfamav!  That is pretty cool!  That Colorado site reminds me of Stargate, doesn't it?


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22123magic

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Report this Jan. 31 2014, 6:31 am

Wow, that's neat!


 


Maybe they'll find Khan's crew in stasis in one of them!  


Seriously though, that's very interesting!


 


 


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alfamav

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Report this Feb. 20 2014, 10:13 am

 

 
A screen grab of the projected orbit of asteroid 2000 EM26 is taken from a live broadcast that appeared on Slooh.com. (Slooh.com / February 18, 2014)
 

February 18, 2014, 4:35 p.m.




An asteroid the length of three football fields has eluded astronomers once again.



"If we see it, that will be historic because we've reacquired a potentially hazardous asteroid," astronomer Bob Berman said Monday night. "If it turns out we can't see it, then we are going to be asking, 'Where the heck is it?'"


Berman made the comments at the start of a one-hour broadcast on the website Slooh.com that was supposed to track the large asteroid as it made its closest approach to Earth. 


But the asteroid never showed up.  


Despite its relatively large size, the asteroid known as 2000 EM26 has long been difficult to spot. In fact, it hasn't been seen by anyone since March 14, 2000, nine days after it was discovered.


"The orbital uncertainties for this object are huge," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. "Although nominal orbit information suggests it would come closest to the Earth on Feb. 18, the uncertainties of its position in the sky are enormous."


Although 2000 EM26 is technically a potentially hazardous asteroid, Yeomans said there was no chance of it hitting our planet for at least 100 years. 


At its closest approach to Earth, it would still probably be more than 2 million miles away, more than eight times as far as the moon.


"We would expect an object of that size to pass that close to the Earth every six months," he said.


Yeomans is confident the asteroid will be rediscovered one day, and when the new observation of the asteroid's position is combined with the observations made in 2000, then its orbit will be well known.


"And then, once we know where to find it, everybody who owns a telescope will be able to observe it," he said.


In the meantime, Slooh.com has promised a non-monetary reward to anyone who spots the wayward asteroid.


"We are calling on amateur astronomers to find this asteroid, and as a reward we will promote their accomplishment on our home page for a year," Michael Paolucci, chief executive of Slooh, said in a statement. "We don't have the authortiy to name the asteroid after them, but we would if we could."


In the meantime, the Slooh community has nicknamed 2000 EM26 "Moby Dick."





http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-asteroid-eludes-skywatchers-20140218,0,2457022.story#ixzz2tt2vAudk


 


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miklamar

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Report this Feb. 20 2014, 1:13 pm


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

EDisConstant

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Report this Feb. 22 2014, 5:22 am

Ensigns:


You were extremely fortunate that this asteroid did not collide with the Earth.


Could its disappearance be attributable to a third party?


LL&P.

alfamav

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Report this Mar. 05 2014, 6:03 am

 


Yes Mr Spock, we will assume that The Vulcan Science Academy has destroyed the asteroid and saved the Earth!


Here's some more good asteroid stuff from Phil Plait:


 


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCU0OyV29pE


 


Spockism 1: "In this universe, there is no Mass, Weight, Charge or Gravity: There is only Energy." Spockism 2: "All motion is ORBITAL and GYROSCOPIC." Spockism 3: For Photons: "Energy x Wavelength is constant." For Wave-Particles: "Energy x Diameter is constant."

alfamav

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Report this Mar. 07 2014, 10:34 am

 


Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 DX110 at minimum distance: 5th March 2014


Author: Gianluca Masi


http://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2014/03/06/near-earth-asteroid-2014-dx110-at-minimum-distance-a-movie-5-mar-2014/

Palomar1932

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Report this Mar. 13 2014, 7:00 am

Thanks Alfamav, keep on scaring us!


What's happened to your avatar?


LL&P.


Spockism: "Your Earth scientists are confused. Logically, matter plus anti-matter would equal zero - it would not produce a finite amount of energy in the form of photons."

alfamav

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Report this Mar. 14 2014, 6:43 pm

Hi Palomar1932.


My avatar just disappeared but, hopefully, it should now be back.


LL&P.


 


Spockism 1: "In this universe, there is no Mass, Weight, Charge or Gravity: There is only Energy." Spockism 2: "All motion is ORBITAL and GYROSCOPIC." Spockism 3: For Photons: "Energy x Wavelength is constant." For Wave-Particles: "Energy x Diameter is constant."

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