Author Archives: Edward J. Pearce

Daring new mission to the asteroid belt will study Venus and seven unknown worlds

The United Arab Emirates will fly over Venus en route to the asteroid belt. ESA / MPS / DLR / IDA, M. Pérez-Ayúcar & C. Wilson On the heels of the Hope Mars mission, the United Arab Emirates have announced that they will begin building another interplanetary probe to be launched in 2028, with the […]

Another planet in our solar system?

Scientists believe that a ninth planet almost certainly exists deep within our solar system. A celestial body currently dubbed “Planet Nine” is believed to lie beyond the Kuiper Belt – a layer of asteroid-like ice rock that begins near Neptune’s orbit and continues outward beyond. beyond the orbit of the dwarf planet Pluto, and into […]

The fastest orbiting asteroid in our solar system has uncertain origins and an explosive future

This is why the discovery of the fastest orbiting asteroid in our solar system could be worrying for some. As with all other asteroids, it will eventually hit something and be smashed to pieces in the future. Fortunately, that something probably won’t be Earth. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So, in August, we got […]

A visual introduction to the dwarf planets of our solar system

Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has been a bit of a puzzle. For starters, not only is Pluto smaller than any other planet in the solar system, it’s also smaller than Earth’s moon. It also has extremely weak gravitational pull at just 0.07 times the mass of objects in its orbit, which is only […]

The sky this week from October 8 to 15

saturday 9 octoberMercury reaches a conjunction below 12:00 p.m. EDT. This essentially places it directly between the Sun and the Earth, making the tiny planet invisible. But don’t worry, she’ll escape our star’s glare only to reappear in the morning sky later this month. Instead, try searching the morning sky for Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, […]

The strange object of the solar system is part an asteroid, part a comet

Scientists have identified unusual solar system objects with both asteroid and comet characteristics. This object, called QN173 2005, is in orbit like any other object. asteroidHowever, most of these objects are rocks that don’t change much as they travel through the solar system. According to a new study, the 2005 QN173 (hence its name), first […]

The centaurs of our solar system are half-asteroid, half-comet

(Inside Science) – Centaurs are among the strangest objects in the solar system. The first, nicknamed Chiron, was spotted orbiting more than a billion kilometers from the Sun in 1977 and was originally considered an asteroid. But a few years later, he was seen emitting a halo of gas – a “coma” – and a […]

Astronomy needs a new long-term approach, says new document

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at SUN Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of “Ask an astronaut” and “Space radio, “and author of”How to die in space. “ Sutter contributed this article to The expert voices of Space.com: Op-Ed & Insights. New generation observatories, both on the ground and in space, have truly […]

United Arab Emirates spacecraft to explore asteroid belt beyond Mars

(MENAFN- Jordan Times) DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates will launch a spacecraft to explore a major asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, officials said on Tuesday, after a United Arab Emirates probe reached the Red Planet in beginning of this year. The five-year journey from 2028 will traverse 3.6 billion kilometers, as the unmanned […]