UT’s Josh Emery Uncovers Clues About Asteroid That Will Pass Near Earth


The work of a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor has helped reveal a rare orbital shift and the density of an asteroid that will pass close to Earth.

Josh Emery, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, and the team of the NASA asteroid sample return mission called OSIRIS-REx have measured the weight and orbit of 1999 RQ36. They have found the asteroid has a low density and its orbit has drifted roughly 100 miles in the last twelve years. This deviation is caused by the Yarkovsky effect.

Full Story: http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2012/05/31/josh-emery-uncovers-asteroid-clues/

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