Questions tagged [asteroids]

This is a tag for asteroids, not dwarf planets or any other astronomical object.

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Would impact angle matter on relativistic impactor?

I'm trying to calculate (for fun) a comparison between a kinetic impactor and an H-bomb. I would assume this to be a fairly straight forward problem involving kinetic energy and a table of various H-...
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Calculating distance to an asteroid on a given day

I'd like to calculate the distance between the Earth and an asteroid at a given date. Is this possible using the data from JPL's small-body database? Is there a better way?
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Is there a term for the study of asteroids?

I'm trying to find the name for the academic specialty of studying asteroids, but I can't seem to find any. For example, there is a distinct wikipedia page for "Planet" vs "Planetary science". Is ...
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Observed Data for Asteroid Lightcurve

I am looking to find out more about writing statistical analysis programs in python for astronomy problems and was recommended that I could analyse asteroid light curves for an introduction into the ...
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Is it possible to create Dyson sphere or ring using asteroid belt?

With the recent advent of Starman over to asteroid belt, although he does have enough tools to achieve the purpose :) Do the asteroid belt have enough raw material to build a huge ring of solar panel ...
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Translationally invariant speed distribution

During impact events, asteroids et al strike Earth at high relative speed, in part because objects in space move in random directions with no preferred reference frame with respect to which objects ...
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How fast do large asteroids usually travel?

I have just watched this video made by discovery channel, and you can hear the narrator at 0:51 saying that : "even though it is moving at 720 THOUSANDS kilometers per hour..." I stopped once I heard ...