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John Barrat is the senior writer and editor for the Office of Communications and External Affairs. He has 25 years of experience publicizing research by Smithsonian scientists, from astrophysics to paleontology. He has contributed to numerous publications, including Inside Smithsonian Research, the Smithsonian News Service, Smithsonian Research Reports and Smithsonian Insider.

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Visiting asteroids help scientists measure the size of distant stars

The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System must be be very energetic indeed to capture 300 images a second. On Feb. 22, 2018, as the asteroid Imprinetta passed between the Earth and a distant star known as TYC 5517-227-1, a team of astronomers who had predicted the event captured it with a camera shooting… Continue reading Visiting asteroids help scientists measure the size of distant stars

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