Astronomy Student Corner

From discovery to data: How astronomers track near-Earth asteroids

Early last month, an asteroid invaded our personal planetary space, brilliantly illuminating night skies across Southern Africa. Officially dubbed 2018 LA, this small asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere on June 2, flying in at an impressive 38,000 mph (61,000 km/h). Richard Kowalski of the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) spotted the new asteroid nearly 8 hours before […]