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Halloween's 'Great Pumpkin' Asteroid

It is only a little bit scary but it's here in time for Halloween. A 400-metre-wide asteroid that scientists only spotted three weeks ago is going to shoot past Earth at 35 kilometres a second.

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Discovery of rings around an asteroid

Rings have been discovered by chance around the distant icy asteroid Chariklo which orbits between Saturn and Uranus. A discovery which makes Chariklo a unique object, and which opens up a new area in the study of small bodies in the solar system.

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Ison: the infamous comet

At the end of 2013, telescopes around the world were focused on Ison, a comet that should have been the comet of the decade. TRAPPIST, the telescope at the University of Liège, was among the best placed to observe this new visitor.

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Eris, Pluto’s distant twin

In November 2010, the dwarf planet Eris passed in front of a faint star in the Cetus constellation. The observations of this occultation with, among others, the Liège robotic telescope TRAPPIST gave unexpected and important results.

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Liège astrophysicists in seventh heaven

ULiège is the first francophone Belgian university to equip itself with a robotic telescope. Responding to the effervescent name of TRAPPIST, it will scan the starry skies of Chile in the search for exoplanets and comets.

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