Tag: space

What is a Supermoon?

The “Supermoon” full moon is this weekend! WikiPedia says: A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The next occurrence will be …

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Top five suggested names for #4179 Toutatis

The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which is about 3 miles wide, was within 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach this morning (December 12, 2012). Deflector shields up! No disrespect to Toutatis, the great Celtic god and tribal protector, but “4179 Toutatis” is a bit of a strange name and no one knows …

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Who killed the dinosaurs? Not this asteroid!

The theory of which asteroid was responsible for killing the dinosaurs 65 million years ago has been shattered… (article from Huffington Post). New data from NASA’s WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) satellite suggests that an asteroid from the Baptistina family was actually not — as previously thought — responsible for the mass extinction. “As a …

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Space junk: she's a comin'

You just saw the words “space junk” and all you can picture is an funky alien with a large behind? Me too. NASA’s defunct satellite is now scheduled to hit the Earth sometime this afternoon. Top five signs space junk is coming your way. #6. They keep changing Facebook. #5. All of a sudden there …

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