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ATLAS telescope discovers first-of-its-kind asteroid
University of Hawai'i telescope discovers extraordinary asteroid with comet-like features that has researchers puzzled. (2020-05-21)

Hayabusa2 reveals more secrets from Ryugu
In February and July of 2019, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft briefly touched down on the surface of near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. The readings it took with various instruments at those times have given researchers insight into the physical and chemical properties of the 1-kilometer-wide asteroid. These findings could help explain the history of Ryugu and other asteroids, as well as the solar system at large. (2020-05-11)

Hubble watches comet ATLAS disintegrate into more than 2 dozen pieces
These two Hubble Space Telescope images of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), taken on April 20 and 23, 2020, provide the sharpest views yet of the breakup of the fragile comet. (2020-04-28)

Asteroid visiting Earth's neighborhood brings its own face mask
The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is following an asteroid approaching Earth this week and while it poses no threat, it appears to know our planet is facing a pandemic. (2020-04-23)

What is the origin of water on Earth?
Led by Cédric Gillmann -- Université libre de Bruxelles, ULB, funded by the EoS project ET-HoME, a team of researchers demonstrate that the water we are now enjoying on Earth has been there since its formation. Published on Nature Geoscience, this idea has very deep implications in terms of habitability of ancient Earth, Venus and Mars, as it suggests that planets likely formed with their near-full budget in water, and slowly lost it with time. (2020-04-10)

Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation
Model developed by Brazilian researchers shows chaotic phase that placed objects in current orbits beginning within first 100 million years after formation of giant planets. (2020-03-23)

Hayabusa2's big 'impact' on understanding asteroid Ryugu's age and surface cohesion
After an explosive device on the Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball a bit larger than a tennis ball into the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, creating an artificial impact crater on it, researchers understand more about the asteroid's age and composition, they say. (2020-03-19)

Mercury's 400 C heat may help it make its own ice
Despite Mercury's 400 C daytime heat, there is ice at its caps, and now a study shows how that Vulcan scorch probably helps the planet closest to the sun make some of that ice. (2020-03-13)

Arrival delayed! Water, carbon and nitrogen were not immediately supplied to Earth
Writing in Nature, Cologne scientists present important new findings regarding the origin of oceans and life on Earth. Measurements on the oldest preserved mantle rocks from Greenland show that -- contrary to previous assumptions -- the elements necessary for the evolution of life were not delivered to Earth until very late in the planet's formation. (2020-03-12)

Turbulent times revealed on Asteroid 4 Vesta
Planetary scientists at Curtin University have shed some light on the tumultuous early days of the largely preserved protoplanet Asteroid 4 Vesta, the second largest asteroid in our solar system. (2020-02-26)

First research results on the 'spectacular meteorite fall' of Flensburg
A fireball in the sky, accompanied by a bang, amazed hundreds of eyewitnesses in northern Germany in mid-September last year. The reason for the spectacle was a meteoroid entering the Earth's atmosphere and partially burning up. Planetologists at Münster University have been studying a part of the meteorite. They found out that the meteorite contains minerals that formed under the presence of water on small planetesimals in the early history of our solar system. (2020-02-17)

Supercharged light pulverises asteroids, study finds
The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according to a University of Warwick astronomer. (2020-02-10)

One small grain of moon dust, one giant leap for lunar studies
Scientists have found a new way to analyze the chemistry of the moon's soil using a single grain of dust brought back by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972. Their technique can help us learn more about conditions on the surface of the moon and formation of precious resources like water and helium there. (2020-02-07)

Active asteroid unveils fireball identity
At around 1 a.m. local standard time on April 29, 2017, a fireball flew over Kyoto, Japan. Compared to other fireballs spotted from Earth, it was relatively bright and slow. Now, scientists have determined not only what the fireball was, but also where it came from. (2020-01-15)

How the solar system got its 'Great Divide,' and why it matters for life on Earth
Scientists have finally scaled the solar system's equivalent of the Rocky Mountain range. (2020-01-13)

IKBFU astrophysicists have developed a theory explaining the 'Dark Energy' phenomenon
The article refers to the issue of the 'Dark Enegry' and an assumption is made that the Universe has borders. (2019-12-24)

Asteroid collisions trigger cascading formation of subfamilies, study concludes
Scientists have always thought about fission clusters as entirely distinct from collisional families. Now a study conducted by researchers affiliated with UNESP has shown that fission clusters may originate from collisional families in some cases. (2019-12-19)

How planets may form after dust sticks together
Scientists may have figured out how dust particles can stick together to form planets, according to a Rutgers co-authored study that may also help to improve industrial processes. (2019-12-09)

OSIRIS-REx cameras capture particle ejection from asteroid Bennu
Cameras aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured close-up shots of material being ejected from the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. The images offer a detailed look at small-scale mass loss events on an active asteroid, whereas before, observations have been limited to only the largest phenomena. (2019-12-05)

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission explains Bennu's mysterious particle events
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. (2019-12-05)

How LISA pathfinder detected dozens of 'comet crumbs'
A team of NASA scientists leveraged LISA Pathfinder's record-setting sensitivity (designed to ripples in space-time produced by, among other things, merging black holes) for a different purpose much closer to home -- mapping microscopic dust shed by comets and asteroids. (2019-11-18)

ESO telescope reveals what could be the smallest dwarf planet yet in the solar system
Astronomers using ESO's SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could be classified as a dwarf planet. The object is the fourth largest in the asteroid belt after Ceres, Vesta and Pallas. For the first time, astronomers have observed Hygiea in sufficiently high resolution to study its surface and determine its shape and size. They found that Hygiea is spherical, potentially taking the crown from Ceres as the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system. (2019-10-28)

Exoplanet interiors have Earth-like geochemistry
The interiors of some exoplanets have Earth-like geochemistry, according to a new study, which finds that extrasolar rocks share similar levels of oxidation, or oxygen fugacity, to those in the solar system. (2019-10-17)

Interstellar Comet with a Familiar Look
A new comet discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is an outcast from another star system, yet its properties determined so far are surprisingly familiar -- a new study led by JU researchers shows. The team's findings are being published in Nature Astronomy on 14 October 2019. (2019-10-14)

Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age
About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth's poles, and new species evolved with the new temperatures. The cause of this ice age was a mystery, until now: a new study in Science Advances argues that the ice age was caused by global cooling, triggered by extra dust in the atmosphere from a giant asteroid collision in outer space. (2019-09-18)

Stardust in the Antarctic snow
The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. Only a very small amount of this isotope reaches the earth from distant stars. Now, a research team with significant involvement from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered iron-60 in Antarctic snow for the first time. The scientists suggest that the iron isotope comes from the interstellar neighborhood. (2019-08-20)

Critical observation made on Maunakea during first night of return to operations
Observations of the near-Earth asteroid 2006 QV89 made on Aug. 11, 2019 with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) have ruled out any potential future impact threat to the Earth by this asteroid for the next century. (2019-08-13)

A new timeline of Earth's cataclysmic past
Recent research shows that our planet may have been pummeled with asteroids long before some scientists had previously thought. (2019-08-12)

Speeding up science on near-earth asteroids
Modeling the shape and movement of near-Earth asteroids is now up to 25 times faster thanks to new WSU research. (2019-07-16)

SwRI-led team studies binaries to make heads or tails of planet formation
A Southwest Research Institute-led team studied the orientation of distant solar system bodies to bolster the 'streaming instability' theory of planet formation. (2019-06-25)

Uncovering the hidden history of a giant asteroid
A massive 'hit-and-run' collision profoundly impacted the evolutionary history of Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. This finding, by a team of researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan's National Institute of Polar Research and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, deepens our understanding of protoplanet formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, in the early infancy of the Solar System. (2019-06-11)

ESO contributes to protecting Earth from dangerous asteroids
The unique capabilities of the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope have enabled it to obtain the sharpest images of a double asteroid as it flew by Earth on May 25. While this double asteroid was not itself a threatening object, scientists used the opportunity to rehearse the response to a hazardous Near-Earth Object (NEO), proving that ESO's front-line technology could be critical in planetary defense. (2019-06-03)

A family of comets reopens the debate about the origin of Earth's water
Where did the Earth's water come from? Although comets, with their icy nuclei, seem like ideal candidates, analyses have so far shown that their water differs from that in our oceans. Now, however, an international team, including CNRS researchers, has found that one family of comets, the hyperactive comets, contains water similar to terrestrial water. The study relies in particular on measurements of comet 46P/Wirtanen carried out by SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. (2019-05-23)

ASU researchers find water in samples from asteroid Itokawa
Two cosmochemists at Arizona State University have made the first-ever measurements of water contained in samples from the surface of an asteroid. (2019-05-01)

Cometary surprise found inside meteorite
An ancient sliver of the building blocks from which comets formed was discovered by a Carnegie-led research team encased inside a meteorite like an insect in amber. The finding, published by Nature Astronomy, could offer clues to the formation and evolution of our solar system. (2019-04-15)

Tiny fragment of a comet found inside a meteorite
ASU researcher helps team make surprising discovery that gives clues to how solar system formed (2019-04-15)

Sizing up a starry night
We gaze up at them, we wish upon them, we even sing about swinging on them. But the one thing we haven't been able to do with a star is figure out how big it is...until now. (2019-04-15)

Iron volcanoes may have erupted on metal asteroids
Metallic asteroids are thought to have started out as blobs of molten iron floating in space. As if that's not strange enough, scientists now think that as the metal cooled and solidified, volcanoes spewing liquid iron could have erupted through a solid iron crust onto the surface of the asteroid. (2019-04-08)

Heavy metal planet fragment survives destruction from dead star
A fragment of a planet that has survived the death of its star has been discovered by University of Warwick astronomers in a disc of debris formed from destroyed planets, which the star ultimately consumes. (2019-04-04)

Hubble watches spun-up asteroid coming apart
A small asteroid has been caught in the process of spinning so fast it's throwing off material, according to new data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. (2019-03-28)

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