New Radar Images Show Florence Is A Triple Asteroid

Florence has company! Radar observations of this near-Earth asteroid currently cruising across our evening sky discovered not one but two tiny moons orbiting the 2.8-mile-wide (4.5 km) object. Florence is only the third triple asteroid known in the near-Earth population out of more than 16,400 that have been discovered to date. All three near-Earth asteroid triples…
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Inspired Music Video Captures Essence Of August Total Solar Eclipse

Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 Got 5 minutes and 24 seconds? Treat yourself to a wonderful slide show set to music inspired by the August 21st total eclipse by David Fogel. Dave’s an amateur astronomer, musician and composer who lives in La Jolla, California. We’ve been corresponding for the past few months about everything from eclipses to…
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Astronomers Crack 600-Year-Old Korean Nova Mystery

Long before Kim Jong-un, on a cold March night in Seoul almost 600 years ago, Korean astrologers spotted a bright new star in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. The date was March 11, 1437; two weeks later the “guest star” had faded from view. Based on its behavior, modern-day astronomers determined that the Royal…
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See Florence, One Of The Largest Near-Earth Asteroids, Zip By Earth

We have a wonderful opportunity in the coming week to see 3122 Florence, a 2.7-mile-wide (4 km) asteroid, safely pass about 4.4 million miles (7 million km) from Earth. The fun begins tonight through early next week. Normally, these guys are tiny and faint and require a lot of skill and an 8-inch or larger scope…
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T-Minus 20 Days: Cassini Keeps Opening Our Eyes

You’d think by now we’d know exactly how long a day is on Saturn, but Cassini’s still working on it. On a terrestrial planet, you can time when a landmark cycles back around, but Saturn’s covered in clouds, so  pinning down the day has been tricky. That’s why Cassini has been looking closely at Saturn’s…
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