Asteroid 25143 Itokawa in the news

Tempe, Arizona Two cosmochemists at Arizona State University have made the first-ever measurements of water contained in samples from the surface of an asteroid. The samples came from asteroid Itokawa (our header picture is of Itokawa) and were collected by the Japanese space probe Hayabusa, that seems to be named after the Suzuki Motorcycle.  The... Continue Reading →

from the UK magazine How it Works Scientists hypothesize  the Sun began as a giant gas dust cloud rotating in space.  Over millions of years, as this cloud spun faster and faster, it collapsed into a disc. Some of the material around the disc formed the planets as small clumps of material stuck together, much... Continue Reading →

Is Polaris always North?

If "always" means in our collective lives, the answer yes.  If "always" though  means throughout all of time, no.  The UK magazine, How it Works, has an illustrative article that explains that because of  "precession of the equinoxes"  Polaris -- i.e.:   Alpha Ursae Minoris, commonly called the North Star will not always be north, nor has... Continue Reading →

Tracking down Pallas

Pallas is the name given to the second asteroid discovered,  by German astronomer Heinrich  Olbers. He named the asteroid after himself, Pallas from Greek Mythology the patron goddess of Athens Greece, and our header image though from a shot in Vienna, Austria.  He was upset that Piazzi had beaten him in the race to find... Continue Reading →

Hygeia: You’ve been served

Hygeia Mythologically  In Greek Mythology, Hygeia is the great-granddaughter of Zeus / Jupiter via the Apollo(n) line.  Her father Aesclepius,  another asteroid, was the Greek god of healing & is often shown with a physician’s staff & a  snake wrapped around. The cock bird was also sacred to Asclepius and sacrificed on his altar.  Chiron,... Continue Reading →

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