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Emily LakdawallaMarch 14, 2013

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Being WISE about asteroids, comets, and brown dwarfs with Amy Mainzer

Join me on Thursday at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 1900 UTC for the Planetary Society's weekly hangout! My guest this week will be NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer. NEOWISE is the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mission, which scanned the entire sky twice in infrared light before entering hibernation mode in 2011. We'll talk about new views of asteroids in our solar system and brown dwarfs outside it. We'll probably also talk about other recent small-body news, like the Russian meteor, recent Earth near-misses, comets PANSTARRS and ISON, and the one that's expected to zip past Mars next year.

The video is embedded below. If it does not appear for you, please refresh the page or just go to Youtube. Once the show is over, you can watch the recording here. You can ask questions here, on Twitter with hashtag #planetarylive, or on comments on the Youtube page for the video, and I'll relay them to Amy.

Stand by....JPL is having a little trouble connecting....

Artist's concept of nearby binary brown dwarfs WISE J104915.57-531906

NASA / JPL / Gemini Observatory / AURA / NSF

Artist's concept of nearby binary brown dwarfs WISE J104915.57-531906
The bright star in the background is the Sun, only 6.5 light-years from this pair.

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