Guest Video: The Falcon and Dragon Dance Begins

Update, July 11, 2018: I so enjoy the 21st-century luxury of having spacecraft tweet images from their latest position millions of miles away!

And here is the “Dragon Palace” in 3D!

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has arrived at Asteroid Ryugu!


A Close But Safe Asteroid Encounter

I just found out about this: in about 20 minutes from the time of writing these words, the Virtual Telescope Project is going to stream the close encounter of a near-Earth object – 2018 VD1.

It’s less than 50 feet across and about 70,000 miles away. Astronomers only discovered this asteroid yesterday this week! Here is more information.

This is definitely going to lead to a post next week on near-Earth objects!

Update: Apparently there’s still a half-hour to go:

Update 2: Just a poster thus far. Waiting….Ah!

Featured image: Not 2018 VD1, but another object, illustrated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.