Astronomy: Collecting a bag of asteroid stuff

Weekend Variety Wireless 02/09/2018
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Astronomer Dr Grant Christie joins Graeme Hill to talk the latest in astronomy news.

He takes a look at the on-going mission to collect a bag of asteroid stuff and bring it back to earth. There is a really nice video to check out here.

Graeme and Dr Christie take a look at a new solar system being born.

Aucklander Rolf Olsen attracted world acclaim in 2011 by being the first amateur to image the disk of dust and gas that surrounds the star, which has just now been found to contain a massive planet.

Beta Pictoris b has now been ‘weighed’ by astronomers and has a precise new mass measurement. If you’re interested in learning more click here.

Graeme and Dr Christie also look at asteroid Itokawa.

A Japanese research group has clarified the chronology of the near-Earth asteroid, after they examined particles collected from the asteroid Itokawa by the spacecraft Hayabusa.

The pair gander at Jupiter’s growth disorders, tiny spacecraft and the latest from the Arecibo Observatory.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Grant Christie above.

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