Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Asteroid Passes Near Earth -- with it's own Moon!

On Monday, January 26th, an asteroid passed by the earth at about 3x the distance between the moon and the earth.  The asteroid is about a third of a mile in size.

Interestingly, the asteroid had its own moon (about 240 feet in diameter) circling it.

The asteroid was named 2004 BL86, because it was first spotted back in 2004 (by an observatory in New Mexico).

CNN Reports:

It was far enough that it didn't pose a threat to Earth, but close enough to give scientists and amateurs a chance to observe a large asteroid up close.NASA asteroid 2004 BL86 was revealed to have its own small moon.NASA asteroid 2004 BL86 was revealed to have its own small moon.
It was the closest known asteroid this large to pass near Earth until 2027, when an asteroid called 1999 AN10 flies by.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Self-Driving Cars Coming in a few years!

Some of you may have heard of the Google self-driving car...  GM is making advances in this area -- and the firm says that some of these features will be on the road in just two+ years!  Read more here:

Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, General Motors executives indicate.

The carmaker announced Sunday that the semiautonomous system for freeways will be an option on an unidentified 2017 Cadillac that goes on sale in summer 2016. Another 2017 Cadillac, the CTS, will be equipped with radio transmitters and receivers that will let it communicate with other cars, sharing data such as location, speed, and whether the driver is applying the brakes.