Space lesson of the day: Anything is possible – Asteroid has its own moon!! #space #motivation

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory took amazing images of the asteroid that flew past earth Tuesday and discovered it has a ‘moon’! More info here!

The 20 individual images used in the movie were generated from data collected at Goldstone on Jan. 26, 2015. They show the primary body is approximately 1,100 feet (325 meters) across and has a small moon approximately 230 feet (70 meters) across. In the near-Earth population, about 16 percent of asteroids that are about 655 feet (200 meters) or larger are a binary (the primary asteroid with a smaller asteroid moon orbiting it) or even triple systems (two moons). The resolution on the radar images is 13 feet (4 meters) per pixel.

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Killer Asteroid Project: Find out what an asteroid impact near you would destroy! #science

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Following Earth’s close encounter with an Asteroid on Sunday, the Daily Mail reports on the Killer Asteroid Project, which is in part funded by NSF and NASA. The highlight of the project is a interactive interface using Google Earth to show you the radius of damage caused by different sized comets anywhere in the world. It also breaks up the radius into different levels of damage, from ‘first degree burns’ and ‘clothing ignites’ to ‘knocks over steel buildings’. Check out the interface here.

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This piece uses Google Earth along with an impact effects calculator to show you the damage that would be caused by different sized asteroids and comets. You can pick a city, enter an address, or just let it hit somewhere at random.