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Airborne Asteroid Impact Chasers Release Findings On Space Junk Object WT1190F

The dramatic fall reentry of a piece of space debris has served as a dress rehearsal for researchers who observe small asteroid entries and impacts. The object, tagged as WT1190F, reentered Earth’s atmosphere near the coast of Sri Lanka on Nov. 13, 2015.
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  • wt1190
    The dramatic fall reentry of a piece of space debris has served as a dress rehearsal for researchers who observe small asteroid entries and impacts. The object, tagged as WT1190F, reentered Earth’s atmosphere near the coast of Sri Lanka on Nov. 13, 2015.
    wt1190
  • strange orbits
    Is there a planet ten times the mass of Earth hanging out in the dismal and distant fringes of our solar system?
    strange orbits
  • Jill Tarter
    The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter is featured in an online series created by WeTransfer that explores influential voices in music, design and science.
    Jill Tarter
  • Applications are now CLOSED for the Summer 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Life in the Universe – Astronomy and Planetary Science at the SETI Institute. Work on projects spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy. Thanks to everyone to who applied.
  • GPI
    Using the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) as well as the Hubble Space Telescope, Kalas and his colleagues examined a star known as HD 106906 ... the remarkable thing about this stellar system is the discovery that a planet in its outer regions (16 times as far from the star as Pluto is from the Sun) may have been expelled from its birthplace.
    GPI
  • ATA
    The SETI Institute has trained its Allen Telescope Array on KIC 8462852 for more than two weeks. Finding a signal would be a strong indication for the presence of intelligence.
    ATA
  • dolphin
    The idea that we can learn about possible extraterrestrial (ETI) communication systems by studying non-human communications on Earth is similar to the astrobiological idea that one might learn more about exobiology by studying the extremes of life on Earth.
    dolphin
  • Plutos moons
    Today, NASA has released the first "family portrait" of Pluto's four small moons. As someone who has spent years studying these objects as nothing but faint dots, I find it is enormously gratifying to see them as resolved bodies, with shapes, colors and surface features.
    Plutos moons
  • dunes on pluto
    Can a nearly airless world have windblown dunes? Yes, it can! The atmosphere is just thick enough – or at least it can be at certain times of the Plutonian year – to support strong winds able to blow grains along the ground.
    dunes on pluto
  • Gale crater
    I thought I was going to share my thoughts with you on the new study that was just published by Science. I hope you will enjoy this commentary, and better, that it will bring you some insight into that story.
    Gale crater

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