Some months, it seems like all the interesting news at LPL is about Mars; other months, it’s all about exoplanets. Most recently, the majority of the LPL news has been related to small bodies. A part of that is OSIRIS-REx, but we’ve also had news about a small rock known as 2016 HO3 that is a “quasi-satellite” of Earth, and even the biggest exoplanet news was about a cloud of dust around a star that some had originally interpreted as an alien megastructure. Take a look at this month's newsletter to see some of the latest science happening at LPL.
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An asteroid first discovered more than a decade ago by the UA's Spacewatch program turns out to actually consist of two asteroids orbiting each other and exhibiting cometlike features. This is the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet.