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Asteroid 2015 QX8 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Sep 4 at 09:08 UT). Dist: 20.06 LD. Size: 25-78 m.
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The Moby Dick approach to #asteroid and #comet space missions, courtesy of @NASAJPL: http://ow.ly/RKCEF
A concept for orbiting and landing on multiple asteroids and comets is being developed at JPL.
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Asteroid 2015 PS227 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Aug 31 at 19:18 UT). Dist: 23.78 LD. Size: 26-82 m.
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Asteroid 2015 QP3 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Aug 30 at 01:23 UT). Dist: 23.55 LD. Size: 27-86 m.
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Asteroid 2015 QT3 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Aug 28 at 02:55 UT). Dist: 4.16 LD. Size: 30-94 m.
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Asteroid 2015 OS78 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Aug 26 at 09:29 UT). Dist: 32.67 LD. Size: 120-390 m.
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Asteroid 2001 QL163 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Sep 3 at 20:47 UT). Dist: 22.88 LD. Size: 57-180 m.
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Asteroid (281375) flyby in ~ 30 mins (Sep 1 at 12:14 UT). Dist: 17.41 LD. Size: 130-410 m.
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Asteroid 2015 QA flyby in ~ 30 mins (Aug 30 at 21:50 UT). Dist: 42.59 LD. Size: 54-170 m.
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Asteroid 2015 PT227 flyby in ~ 30 mins (Aug 29 at 16:04 UT). Dist: 9.65 LD. Size: 31-99 m.
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"@NASA_Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres": http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4697
The closest-yet views of Ceres, delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the small world's features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres' tall, conical mountain; crater formation features and narrow, braided fractures.
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Nasty looking fresh asteroid impact crater on Mars. Ouch! (via @HiRISE) http://ow.ly/RmECM
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Introduction
The Minor Planet Center, or MPC, is the single worldwide location for receipt and distribution of positional measurements of minor planets, comets and outer irregular natural satellites of the major planets. The MPC is responsible for the identification, designation and orbit computation for all of these objects. This involves maintaining the master files of observations and orbits, keeping track of the discoverer of each object, and announcing discoveries to the rest of the world via electronic circulars and an extensive website. The MPC operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, under the auspices of Division III of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).