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NEWS: Asteroid about to take a little dip on earth's gravity well

Posted 09-05-2012 at 09:40 AM by Vast fury

A relatively large asteroid, just discovered on August 28th, will fly past the Earth-Moon system on Sept 14th only 2.8 million km (7.4 lunar distances) away. 2012 QG42 is about as wide as three football fields and comes to us from just beyond the orbit of Mars. Astronomers who are now monitoring the space rock say it shines about as brightly as a 15th magnitude star.

source:http://spaceweather.com Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012
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HIP 13044 b - The first planet from another galaxy

Posted 01-17-2011 at 10:22 AM by hiacom

HIP 13044 b is officially the first planet discovered from outside our own galaxy. the gaseous and very hot planet spins very fast and orbits a dying star which is at the edge of Milky Way. The planet is a little bit bigger than Jupiter and is 2000 light years away from Earth.

For me personally, this is very exciting and it shows that we have gone a long way in discovering new planets this past decade. I hope that the trend only continues.
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Posted 08-31-2010 at 12:38 AM by Jacko13 (Amateur Astronomers)


I'm Jack. Hmmm...I guess that sounds okay. I became interested in astronomy when I got my first telescope last year for Christmas. I am deeply passionate about astronomy. I don't want to be an astronaut. Just an astronomer. The reason being; I know I'll never be an astronaut. It's a goal I just can't physically set for myself. Anyway...the idea for this blog hit me when I found out I could make a blog...plus, I have a telescope, so, what the heck? Y'know? My telescope is a Celestron...
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