26 January 2014

At … the newly reactivated NEOWISE space telescope mission has been up and running for 25 days. In that time it has detected 857 minor bodies in the solar system, 22 of which are on a Near Earth course. Three of these are completely new discoveries – hundreds of metres wide and as black as coal.

Some 10,500 Near Earth objects have been found to date – but only ten per cent of them have actually been measured. It is hoped NEOWISE will provide such a service.

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