It can be stressful being a small asteroid -- not only do they risk collision with the planets any time, they are also slowly being eroded by the sun. Continue reading →
When you think of a celestial ring system, the beautiful ringed planet Saturn will likely jump to mind. But for the first time astronomers have discovered that ring systems aren't exclusive to planetary bodies -- asteroids can have them too.
Through a predicted celestial dance, an asteroid drifted in front of a distant star and gave astronomers an unprecedented solar system discovery.
Hubble has observed some weird things since it was launched in 1990, but this is probably one of the strangest. Continue reading →
It happens 20 times a year, but the mere mention of an asteroid flying past Earth is enough to whip the tabloid press into a frenzy. Continue reading →
NEOWISE has discovered its first comet since the NASA mission was rebooted, but this 'dirty snowball' is a little... different. Continue reading →
If you had to imagine the weirdest-looking space rock, you might imagine the form of asteroid 624 Hektor -- its moon is also an oddity. Continue reading →
Earlier this month, a peanut-shaped asteroid buzzed Earth and astronomers managed to image it using radar. Continue reading →
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