The Face Of Earth-Approacher 2014 JO25 / Sun Blows Off Some ‘Steam’

Tonight, we finally get a chance to see Earth-approaching asteroid 2014 JO25 canter across the sky a day hours after its closest approach to Earth. You’ll need a 3 or 4-inch telescope to find and track it, and I hope you do. Unfortunately, my skies will be cloudy, so if you see this giant hurtling rock, please…
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See A Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Zip By Earth Wednesday

Astronomers are constantly on the lookout for slippery asteroids and comets passing through Earth’s neighborhood. Thanks to their efforts, we know of at least 16,000 NEOs or Near-Earth Objects, the majority of which are asteroids. Of that number about 1,800 are potentially hazardous. One of them, 2014 JO25, will be speeding by our planet Wednesday.…
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Distant, Dim ‘DeeDee’ Beckons From Beyond

Meet DeeDee. At about three times Pluto’s current distance from the sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a known orbit. Only the dwarf planet Eris lies further. Both circle the sun in the scattered disk, a sparse ring of bodies that lies even farther than the Kuiper Belt, an…
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Asteroid 2017 GM Misses Earth By 9,942 Miles / Comet Lovejoy Still Cookin’

I hope you had pleasant dreams overnight. In one of mine, I couldn’t get my shoe tied right. Glad I woke up from that one. While many of us slept, a tiny near-Earth asteroid named 2017 GM passed exceptionally close to Earth, just 9,942 (15,000 km) miles overhead at 5:31 a.m. CDT (10:31 UT). That…
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Trump’s NASA Budget: What It Cuts, What It Keeps

When it comes to space exploration, the White House budget ax does not bite as deeply as it might for other programs. The Trump administration requested $19.1 billion for NASA, a 0.8% decrease — about $200 million — from 2017. NASA’s cuts may look rosy at first glance, but that doesn’t mean a few key…
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