LPL Newsletter: November 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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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Timothy D. Swindle, Ph.D.
Director and Department Head

Earth's New Buddy Is Asteroid, Not Space Junk

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory confirm the true nature of one of Earth's companions on its journey around the sun.

Asteroid-Comet Is New Type of Object

Monday, September 25, 2017

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.