Asteroids and Comets News


Mission Press Releases

  • Asteroid Day 2016 Under Way
    Asteroid Day - Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Posted on: 2/9/2016 3:33:37 PM PDT

  • Astronomers Recall Discovery of Source of Geminid Meteors
    University of Leicester - Monday, December 14, 2015
    Posted on: 12/14/2015 2:13:22 PM PDT

  • NASA to Broadcast Geminid Meteor Shower Program Dec. 13
    Marshall Space Flight Center - Wednesday, December 9, 2015
    Posted on: 12/9/2015 5:38:39 PM PDT

  • Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 TB145 Passes By Without a Fright!
    Arecibo Observatory - Friday, October 30, 2015
    Posted on: 10/31/2015 12:52:42 AM PDT

  • Halloween Asteroid Likely a Dead Comet
    Planetary Science Institute - Friday, October 30, 2015
    Posted on: 10/31/2015 12:51:20 AM PDT

  • What smacks into Ceres stays on Ceres, research suggests
    Brown University - Wednesday, October 14, 2015
    Posted on: 10/14/2015 9:46:21 PM PDT

  • Comet Encke: A solar windsock observed by NASA's STEREO
    NASA HQ - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    Posted on: 10/13/2015 10:55:24 PM PDT

  • New 'digital tracking' technique detects more than 150 new asteroids, measures distance
    Western University - Friday, August 28, 2015
    Posted on: 8/28/2015 2:04:48 PM PDT

  • ANSMET team 2015-16
    Case Western Reserve University - Friday, August 7, 2015
    Posted on: 8/8/2015 1:52:31 AM PDT

  • SwRI scientist selected for NASA Antarctic hunt for meteorites
    Southwest Research Institute - Friday, August 7, 2015
    Posted on: 8/7/2015 11:30:21 PM PDT

  • New Study Sheds Light on Origin of Most Common Meteorites
    Planetary Science Institute - Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    Posted on: 8/5/2015 4:28:09 PM PDT

  • Philae results shed light on the nature of comets
    American Association for the Advancement of Science - Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Posted on: 7/30/2015 9:09:19 PM PDT

  • Vesta's Potassium-to-Thorium Ratio Reveals Hot Origins
    Planetary Science Institute - Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Posted on: 7/22/2015 7:15:07 PM PDT

  • JAXA Competition to Name Hayabusa2 Target Asteroid 1999 JU3
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) - Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Posted on: 7/22/2015 2:54:59 PM PDT

  • Asteroid Day Event/Webcast at Calif. Academy of Sciences
    Asteroid Day - Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Posted on: 6/25/2015 3:08:04 PM PDT

  • Asteroid Day: Events & Webcasts Set for June 30; 100X Declaration Open for Signatures
    Asteroid Day - Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Posted on: 6/23/2015 2:58:37 PM PDT

  • Experts to Report on Progress in Defense Against Near-Earth Objects
    National Institute of Aerospace - Monday, June 22, 2015
    Posted on: 6/22/2015 6:51:43 PM PDT

  • B612 Foundation and CalAcademy to Host June 30 Asteroid Day in San Francisco
    B612 Foundation - Wednesday, June 3, 2015
    Posted on: 6/3/2015 4:48:23 PM PDT

  • NASA Seeks Additional Information for Asteroid Redirect Mission Spacecraft
    NASA HQ - Monday, May 18, 2015
    Posted on: 5/18/2015 8:11:30 PM PDT

  • ASU Fulbright winner Meenakshi Wadhwa to study Mars meteorite at premier India institute
    Arizona State University - Thursday, May 7, 2015
    Posted on: 5/8/2015 1:32:14 AM PDT

  • Mission Status Releases

  • Asteroid 4 Vesta: dynamical and collisional evolution during the Late Heavy Bombardment
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - February 3, 2016
    Posted on: 2/3/2016 8:36:10 PM PDT

  • Drifting Asteroid Fragments Around WD 1145+017
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - February 3, 2016
    Posted on: 2/3/2016 8:35:15 PM PDT

  • Asteroid Day: 2016 Events on 30 June; Press Conference on 9 February
    Asteroid Day - January 28, 2016
    Posted on: 1/28/2016 8:39:24 PM PDT

  • Far from random: dynamical groupings among the NEO population
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 26, 2016
    Posted on: 1/26/2016 4:25:24 PM PDT

  • Temporary Capture of Asteroids by a Planet: Dependence of Prograde/Retrograde Capture on Asteroids' Semimajor Axes
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 26, 2016
    Posted on: 1/26/2016 4:24:18 PM PDT

  • Comet formation in collapsing pebble clouds. What cometary bulk density implies for the cloud mass and dust-to-ice ratio
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 25, 2016
    Posted on: 1/25/2016 8:55:28 PM PDT

  • Small-body deflection techniques using spacecraft: techniques in simulating the fate of ejecta
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 25, 2016
    Posted on: 1/25/2016 8:51:55 PM PDT

  • Orbital Simulations on Deflecting Near-Earth Objects by Directed Energy
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 15, 2016
    Posted on: 1/15/2016 5:35:38 PM PDT

  • Spectral properties of near-Earth and Mars-crossing asteroids using Sloan photometry
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 12, 2016
    Posted on: 1/12/2016 8:17:23 PM PDT

  • Dealing with Uncertainties in Asteroid Deflection Demonstration Missions: NEOTwIST
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 12, 2016
    Posted on: 1/12/2016 8:16:28 PM PDT

  • Compositional characterisation of the Themis family
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 12, 2016
    Posted on: 1/12/2016 8:15:25 PM PDT

  • Genetic Algorithm Based Robust and Optimal Path Planning for Sample-Return Mission from an Asteroid on an Earth Fly-By Trajectory
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 5, 2016
    Posted on: 1/5/2016 5:17:17 PM PDT

  • Improved Algorithms for Radar-based Reconstruction of Asteroid Shapes
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 5, 2016
    Posted on: 1/5/2016 5:14:51 PM PDT

  • The global impact distribution of Near-Earth objects
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - December 31, 2015
    Posted on: 12/31/2015 4:39:34 PM PDT

  • From horseshoe to quasi-satellite and back again: the curious dynamics of Earth co-orbital asteroid 2015 SO2
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 30, 2015
    Posted on: 11/30/2015 3:19:40 PM PDT

  • Asteroids@home - A BOINC distributed computing project for asteroid shape reconstruction
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 30, 2015
    Posted on: 11/30/2015 3:18:29 PM PDT

  • Asteroid Discovery and Characterization with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 11, 2015
    Posted on: 11/11/2015 2:52:26 PM PDT

  • Photometric Properties of Ceres from Telescopic Observations using Dawn Framing Camera Color Filters
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 9, 2015
    Posted on: 11/9/2015 12:44:10 PM PDT

  • Asteroids and the James Webb Space Telescope
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 9, 2015
    Posted on: 11/9/2015 12:34:21 PM PDT

  • The Ch-class asteroids: Connecting a visible taxonomic class to a 3-μm band shape
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 9, 2015
    Posted on: 11/9/2015 12:32:42 PM PDT