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NASA Spacecraft Spots Its First New Asteroid Near Earth

By Glynn Wilson – A reactivated NASA spacecraft designed to identify the population of potentially threatening near-Earth objects has spotted a new asteroid about 27 million miles (43 million kilometers) from Earth. Based on its infrared brightness, scientists estimate it to be roughly 0.4 miles (650 meters) in diameter and extremely dark, like a piece…

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Gets High Resolution Views of Saturn Hexagon

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning…

NASA’s Hubble Photographs Asteroid Spouting Six Comet-Like Tails

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Astronomers viewing the solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn…

NASA Cams Capture Massive Sun Storm

No Threat to Earth, This Time – NASA/SDO – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration captured video footage of massive storms on the sun last week that could have caused major problems on earth, including shutting down entire electrical grids – if it had occurred on the other side. The action was captured Nov. 16…