NASA mission launch towards the asteroid. An outer space threat defense test

The start took place on November 23 this year. at 22:21 local time (7:21 in Poland, CEST), from the SLC-4E launch stand at the US Space Force Vanderberg base. The carrier rocket was the two-stage Falcon 9 by SpaceX. The payload of the mission was an unusual piece of equipment – the DART, which is … Read more

“Menagerie” of 42 large asteroids in new ESO astronomical photos

Detailed images of 42 objects – the main asteroids in the Solar System – were created with ground-based telescopes. Astronomers involved in the project were pleased to note the symbolism of the number itself, which in Douglas Adams’ novels close to them – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate answer to “the … Read more

Lucy probe soon on the launch pad. Will examine trojan asteroids

NASA’s space probe Lucy arrived by airfreight from the Colorado facility to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin preparations for take-off and the mission starting this fall. The probe, designed and built by Lockheed Martin on behalf of the American space agency, will allow humanity to take a close look at Jupiter’s hard-to-reach … Read more

Polish accents in the catalog of newly named asteroids

The only body giving official names to astronomical objects and structures on their surfaces is the International Astronomical Union. It has developed a number of rules for such nomenclature. In the case of asteroids, when the orbit of the object is well known (usually observations in at least four positions in the sky are needed … Read more