Where’s Lucy Going? Studying Asteroid Mission Targets

Where’s Lucy Going? Studying Asteroid Mission Targets

Lucy, a new asteroid mission, has begun preparation to target multiple asteroids in the Trojan group near Jupiter for flybys in the late 2020s. Until that date, though, astronomers are busy preparing for the mission and trying to gather all the data on these objects that we can from Earth. Buie et. al. 2018 specifically investigates Leucus and Polymele, using their light curves to tease out information about their color, composition, orbit, and reflectivity.

Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 4

Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 4

We report on Day 4 of the winter AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights include an exploding space cow, a discussion of data in astronomy, the latest look at the possibility of life beyond earth, and an exploration of climate impact much closer to home.

Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 2

Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 2

We report on Day 2 of the winter AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights include a discussion of the latest news in planet formation, an overview of future proposed space missions, and a look at the history of gravitational-wave detectors.