Swing By Juno On Your Way To Comet Wirtanen

Many of us have been hunting up comet 46P/Wirtanen these December nights, but there’s another solar system critter near the comet you might want to check out — asteroid 3 Juno. They’re both in the same region of the sky, so after you’re finished observing 46P, you can nudge your binoculars or telescope about 10°…
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Take The Lazy River To The Asteroid Juno

When the word Juno shows up on this blog it’s usually in reference to the NASA spacecraft that swings around Jupiter every 53 days to take mind-blowing photos of the planet’s polar regions. Not this time. This time we’re going to find the asteroid 3 Juno which just happens to be making a close approach…
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What’s Going On With ‘Oumuamua — Alien Technology Now?

First it was an asteroid, then a comet and now a group of Harvard researchers suggest the enigmatic ‘Oumuaua could be an alien-built light sail. The half-mile-long flying whatever-it-is was discovered on October 2017 with the Panstarrs-1 telescope on Mt. Haleakala in Maui. Like similar discoveries, the object was too small to appear any larger…
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This Is What It’s Like To Stand On An Asteroid

At this point you’re probably thinking I’m nuts about asteroids. I am. When was the last time we had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to stand on one? Like never! That’s why I’m hopping happy about the latest images from the Japanese Hayabusa-2 mission to the half-mile-wide asteroid Ryugu. Big things come in…
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In Search Of ‘Oumuamua’s Home

Ever since astronomers realized that ‘Oumuamua wasn’t a member of our solar system but instead a far-flung visiting asteroid or comet, they’ve been trying to figure out from whence it came. We knew the object wasn’t from here because it was moving so fast it would soon escape the solar system. Now, using data from the…
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