Dinosaur-killing impactor likely came from outer asteroid belt
NASA’s Psyche mission passes key milestone on road to launch
VLT images suggest fourth-largest asteroid may be a dwarf planet
NASA’s Dawn mission gears up for close look at Ceres
Dawn mission managers await NASA decision on spacecraft’s future
Discovery of binary-binary calls solar system formation into question
University of Florida astronomers have discovered the first “binary-binary” — two massive companions around one star in a close binary system, one so-called giant planet and one brown dwarf, or “failed star.” For such large companion objects to be stable so close together defies our current popular theories on how solar systems form.
A view from Dawn’s low altitude swoop over Ceres
Take a colourful virtual flight over dwarf planet Ceres
A new animation showing a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres using images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in its high-altitude mapping orbit has been produced by members of Dawn’s framing camera team at the German Aerospace Center, DLR. The movie emphasises the most prominent craters, such as Occator, and the tall, conical mountain Ahuna Mons.