Tag Archives: Astronomers

Mystery Object in Space Baffles Astronomers

Mystery Object in Space Baffles Astronomers - The Cincinnati Enquirer 8-17-1999

     “… astronomers have an unyielding mystery on their hands, something they have observed and pondered for three years, a point of light deep in the northern sky that appears to be like nothing seen before.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer
8-17-1999

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Bizarre New Object in Our Solar System Spotted By Hubble

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Asteroid 288P

Astronomers have identified a weird pair of orbiting asteroids,
called 288P, as the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet.

      Astronomers recently spotted two space rocks behaving strangely. As the asteroids orbited each other, both of them appeared to be shedding material just like a comet does — observations revealed a coma around the objects as well as a long tail of material.
By Elizabeth Howell
The Seeker
9-21-17

The group have identified this weird system, called 288P, as “the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet.” There are a few select examples of single asteroids shedding water and dust and leaving behind a comet-like tail, but it’s the first time two of these objects were seen orbiting each other.

288P was first discovered in November 2006 by the astronomical survey Spacewatch. …

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Secret Worlds in Our Solar System | VIDEO

Secret Worlds

By ScienceAtNASA
10-10-15

      Since 1989 astronomers when Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and measured its gravity field, astronomers have known that the blue giant harbors a secret world inside.

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Astronomers Look for Ruins of Ancient Space Civilizations

Astronomers Look for Ruins of Ancient Space Civilizations

By sputniknews.com
8-2-15

British astronomers have given an answer as to why humanity has been unable to find traces of other, extraterrestrial, civilizations: what if they simply self-annihilated long before we started looking for them? Fortunately, even given such a scenario, traces of their destruction could still be observable.

     . . . What if the extraterrestrial civilizations annihilated themselves long before we actually started attempting to find them?

Adam Stevens, Duncan Forgan and Jack O’Malley James used the Earth as a test case in order to categorize the potential scenarios for complete civilizational destruction, quantify the observable signatures that these scenarios might leave behind, and determine whether these would be observable with the current technology or technology which might be available in the near future. . . .

. . . The astronomers therefore analyzed various ways that humanity could destroy its own civilization, and the observational signatures these events may produce. . . .

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Russian ‘UFO’ Intrigues Astronomers | VIDEO

Russian ‘UFO’ Intrigues Astronomers

Object 2014-28E – Space junk or satellite killer? Russian ‘UFO’ intrigues astronomers

By Sam Jones
www.ft.com
11-17-14

     It is a tale that could have come straight from the cold war. A mysterious object launched by the Russian military is being closely tracked by western space agencies, stoking fears over the revival of a long-defunct Kremlin project to destroy satellites.

For the past few weeks, amateur astronomers and satellite-trackers in Russia and the West have followed the unusual manoeuvres of “Object 2014-28E” in the skies, watching it guide itself towards other Russian space objects in a pattern that appeared to culminate last weekend in a rendezvous with the remains of the rocket stage that launched it. . . .

. . . The US military is now tracking it under the Norad designation 39765. . . .

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