Tag Archives: Asteroids

Asteroid hides behind sparkling spiral galaxy in dazzling view

The European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile captured this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 in May 2018. The image was taken using the ESO’s FORS2 instrument, as part of the Cosmic Gems program, which photographs the southern skies when conditions aren’t good for scientific observations. An asteroid’s trail can also be seen near the top, ...

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This out-of-this-world diamond-studded rock just got even weirder

File photo: A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016. (REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout) A tiny chunk of stone that looks like nothing else ever seen in the solar system might be even weirder than scientists thought. The ...

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Meteorite's origins point to possible undiscovered asteroid

The Bunburra Rockhole meteorite was discovered in Australia.  (Imperial College London) A new analysis of a meteorite called Bunburra Rockhole has revealed that the rock originated from a previously unknown parent asteroid, allowing scientists to understand the geology of the parent body. The parent body was differentiated, meaning that it was large enough to separate into a core, mantle and crust, ...

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