Astronomy

Astronomers discover a massive asteroid that could hit us in 2032

"Mark August 26th, 2032 on your calendar, folks. Ukrainian astronomers have just detected a 1,350-foot-wide (410 meter) minor planet that’s headed our way. The impact risk is minimal, but it’s now the most serious near-term celestial threat to face our planet.

I tend to shrug off this sort of stuff when I encounter it, but the sheer size of this asteroid, along with its near-term potential, made me curious. So I headed over to NASA’S Near Earth Object Program website to see if it was added it to its Torino Scale — a regularly updated chart that designates asteroid impact risk by category. Not only was it there, it was at the top of the recently observed list — and all lit up in green, which is not a happy color in this case." [read more at io9.com]

image of asteroid

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Journals

Astronomy
Articles on all aspects of the universe, including astronomy & astrophysics; aeronautics and space sciences; and aviation & space exploration.

Astrophysics & Space Science
Research articles, reviews, and conference proceedings on astronomy and astrophysics. Journal also publishes data from ground-based, space, and atmospheric facilities.

Communicating Astronomy with the Public
Open access (free) journal focusing on the intersection of the scientific astronomical community and society-at-large. Regularly includes news, research articles, reviews, resource recommendations, innovations, best practices, and more.

MARS : The International Journal of Mars Science and Exploration
Open access (free), peer-reviewed journal articles on science, technology, and policy of Mars exploration.

Sky and Telescope
Articles on space science, astronomy, observatories, planetariums, telescopes and celestial events.

Sky Watch
Popular magazine for amateur astronomers, articles focus on news, equipment reviews, stargazing, and more. Be sure to check out the regular feature on sky events by month.

Solar System Research
Peer-reviewed journal with articles on the elements of the Solar System: planets & their satellites, asteroids, comets, meteoric substances, & cosmic dust.

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