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Hubble Asteroid Hunter, A Citizen Science Project Finds 1,701 Asteroid Trails In Archival Images

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In its 32 years of observations , the NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope has built up an archive containing hundreds of thousands of targeted observations of galaxies, the cluster of galaxies, gravitational lenses and nebulae. At times, closer objects such as asteroids pass the telescope's field of view while other targets are being observed, leaving the images' trails. Image Credits: Pixabay On International Asteroid Day in 2019, astronomers launched the Hubble Asteroid Hunter , a citizen science project on the Zooniverse platform (the world’s largest citizen science platform), aiming to visually identify asteroids in archival images from the European Space Agency Hubble Space Telescope (eHST) archive and examine their properties. The initiative was developed by the European Science and Technology Centre (ESTEC) and the European Space Astronomy Centre's Science Data Centre (ESDC), collaborating with Google and Zooniverse. Firstly, the astronomers detected more than 37,000

Blogger traces meteroid steps, Scientists use blog as a starting point for their research

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Image credit:  thelibertarianrepublic.com Further to our post about the significance of the Russian meteroid , we found something today that had to be shared right away. Just a day after the impact of the asteroid, Stefan Gees, an expert on digital maps and geospatial imagery, reconstructed the path of the meteor using some very simple school level mathematics, a selection of videos available on YouTube and his area of interest, Google Earth.How Mr. Gees reconstructed the path of the meteor is thoroughly explained in this blog post  and totally worth reading. What we found out today was that scientists Jorge I. Zuluaga & Ignacio Ferrin used this very blog post as a starting point for their further work to reconstruct the path of the meteroid before it hit the Earth. While these scientists had advanced software developed by the U.S. Navy Observatory that allowed them to factor in gravitational forces of 8 planets of our solar system as well as the Earth, they definitel

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