Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NASA's Reactivated NEOWISE Spacecraft Finds 1st Near Earth Asteroid

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's reactivated Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has discovered its first Near Earth Asteroid (NEO) since its reactivation in December 2013. NEO 2013 YP139 was discovered on December 29, 2013 and is pictured in the series of NASA photos below:

NEOWISE is a welcome addition to our planetary resources for searching and finding hazardous space rocks. NEOWISE is expected to discover hundreds of NEOs and will be discussed here at AAS on Thursday. 

I hope to have more for you then.

Sky Guy at AAS

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