2013 YP139 showing up as a red dot traveling across the sky (Image: NASA)
Diagram of NEOWISE (Image: NASA)
NEOWISE infra-red telescope (Image: NASA)
Artist's concept of NEOWISE (Image: NASA)
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) may have only come back online last September after a 31-month hibernation, but it’s already producing results. According to the space agency, the unmanned spacecraft discovered a never-before-seen asteroid on December 29 – the first discovery of its new mission to seek out potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs).
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