Category Archives: NASA JPL

Fastest-Orbiting Asteroid Revolves Around Sun In Only 165 Days

Programmer/ February 8, 2019/ Asteroids, Minor Planet Center, NASA, NASA JPL, NEO

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | February 8, 2019 07:21am ET Astronomers have just found an asteroid that zips around the sun every 165 Earth days. That’s the shortest year for any asteroid known to humankind, discovery team members said. And the space rock, called 2019 AQ3, could be part of a vast and virtually unknown population zooming through the inner solar system, quite

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NEOWISE Thermal Data Reveal Surface Properties of Over 100 Asteroids

Programmer/ June 25, 2018/ Asteroids, NASA, NASA JPL, NEOWISE, PHA, Planet Killer Asteroids

Analysis of asteroids like Lutetia was used in the Josef Hanuš-led paper on asteroid thermophysical modeling. Lutetia is a large main belt asteroid about 62 miles (100 kilometers) in diameter. Lutetia was visited by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft in 2010. Credits: ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA Full image and caption Nearly all asteroids are so far away and so

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