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Asteroid discovered by Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard right before it zooms past Earth

Diagram showing the 2020 YE5 asteroid's Near Earth Trajectory

While surveying the sky for distant objects, astronomer Scott Sheppard discovered a new asteroid a little closer to home. Asteroid 2020 YE5 poses no immediate risk, but it will come very close to Earth. The asteroid will zoom past only 437,691 km away from Earth, almost as close as our own Moon. It will be at its nearest on Friday, January 22 at around 9:08 AM EST (14:08 UTC). According to Sheppard, someone with a good backyard telescope could catch a glimpse. 

Carnegie Alum Awarded Geological Society of America’s MGPV Early Career Award

Xiao-Ming Liu presents a poster at the 2014 AGU conference when she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Science Geophysical Lab, now Earth and Planets Laboratory.

The Geological Society of America has announced that they will present their Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division’s Early Career Award to Carnegie alum Xiao-Ming Liu in 2021. 

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