This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2015 TB145 was collected by the Arecibo Observatory on October 30, 2015. The images show the rotation of the space rock, which made its closest approach on October 31 at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) at a distance of 302,000 miles (486,000 km) – about 1.3 times the distance from Earth to the Moon. Image credit: NAIC-Arecibo / NSF

‘Spooky’ The Asteroid Comes Clean In New Radar Images

Spooky may be a rough character, but scary? Naw. The usual lumps and bumps, but given its small size, maybe more spherical than expected. On Halloween morning, the near-Earth asteroid 2015 TB145 (nicknamed ‘Spooky’) flew only 300,000 miles (486,000 km) from Earth and became bright enough to see in a modest-sized telescope. It was also the…
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Best-ever Pix Of Ceres / Speedy Asteroid Courts Tiny Moon

Sit back and take in the view. You can see a new world coming into focus right before your eyes. The bright white spot, the origin of which is still unknown, stands out clearly, while dozens of craters lie at the limit of resolution. The new photos are 30 percent clearer than those taken with…
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Amazing Radar Images Of 209P/LINEAR, The Comet Behind Last Week’s Meteor Shower

Welcome to the dark folds of one of the closest comets in years. The 1000-foot radio telescope dish at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico pinged comet 209P/LINEAR with radar between May 23-27 and reconstructed images of its rugged surface from the echoes received in return. Cliffs and ridges dominate the landscape. Recently, dust boiled off…
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1998 QE2 Asteroid Flyby An Opportunity For Pros And Amateurs Alike

An asteroid it would take an hour to walk across will speed past Earth on May 31 and provide radio astronomers a perfect opportunity to nab closeup views of its surface. 1998 QE2, discovered in 1998 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program,  will miss our planet by a healthy…
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Curious About Asteroids? Tune In To Tonight’s Live Stream By Expert Lance Benner

Ever wonder how scientists get such detailed radar images of asteroids that only look like points of light in optical telescopes? Tune in tonight or tomorrow night to a talk by Dr. Lance Benner, research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Lab, to find out. Benner will speak on Radar Imaging of Near Earth Asteroids at…
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