Near-Earth Asteroid Might be a Lost Fragment of the Moon

A research team led by LPL graduate student Ben Sharkey thinks that the near-Earth asteroid Kamo`oalewa might actually be a miniature moon.

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Earth quasi-satellite Kamo`oalewa near the Earth-moon system.

IN THIS ISSUE Fall 2021 Edition

Department News

Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard moves past the Whale and Hockey Stick galaxies. November 25, 2021. Image: Michael Jäger.

Catalina Sky Survey Tops off 2021 with a Rare Bright Comet Discovery

Introducing comet C/2021 A1 Leonard (aka comet Leonard). The comet was discovered the night of January 3rd of 2021 by CSS observer Greg Leonard with the 1.5m reflector atop of Mt. Lemmon, Arizona.

Faculty News

DellaGiustina Joins Faculty as Assistant Professor

Dr. Daniella DellaGiustina will join LPL as an Assistant Professor this January (2022). She is the Deputy Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission

Graduate Student News

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2021 Carson Fellowship Awarded to Michael Daniel

Michael Daniel is the recipient of the 2021 Carson Fellowship Award, which provides one academic year of support, including salary, tuition, and a supply stipend. Michael is a first-year graduate student at LPL.  

Alumni News

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Elizabeth Turtle Named Alumna of the Year 2020-2021

For her outstanding contributions to planetary science, the Arizona Alumni Association named LPL alumna Dr. Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle the 2020-2021 Alumna of the Year for the College of Science. Zibi is a Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.