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by Michael Mommert
Department of Physics and Astronomy
We could study an asteroid up close by sending astronauts to one somewhere out in space—or we could simply bring one to the astronauts.
That’s basically the idea behind NASA’s announced Asteroid Robotic Retrieval Mission, which aims to catch a near-Earth asteroid and redirect it in an orbit around the moon. There, the asteroid could be visited and scrutinized by astronauts.
Surprisingly, the biggest problem with this idea is… Read more
Northern Arizona University became a formal partner in Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope at a contract signing Tuesday.
The five-year partnership will result in about 80 nights of observation time for NAU astronomers, beginning in January. The telescope, commissioned in July, is the fifth largest in the continental United States.
“This represents an important regional partnership and is a huge boost for our astronomy program,” said NAU President John Haeger, who signed the documents along with observatory trustee Lowell Putnam.
Stephen Tegler,… Read more
For 30 years, a large near-Earth asteroid wandered its lone, intrepid path, passing before the scrutinizing eyes of scientists while keeping something to itself: 3552 Don Quixote, whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter, now appears… Read more
The subject of near-Earth… Read more
Researchers will be “Gathering for Impact!” at the 2013 International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference to be held April 15-19 at the High Country Conference Center.
The conference brings together world experts on subjects related to planetary defense, including what is currently known about potentially threatening asteroids and comets, techniques that might be used to deflect a threatening object and political and policy issues that might affect a decision to take action.
David Trilling, assistant professor of astronomy at… Read more
When asteroid 2012 DA14 zips past Earth on Friday on an arc that cuts beneath communications satellites, David Trilling won’t be peering through a telescope. But he will eagerly await the data that will almost certainly find its way to his desk at Northern Arizona University.
“I’m excited to see what they come up with,” said Trilling, an assistant professor of astronomy who works partly to synthesize existing information—drawing from extensive archives of data to characterize known asteroids—while also looking… Read more