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Members of the MSU Observatory Research Program wave from inside the observatory, beneath a 24-inch telescope.
April 27, 2023
In addition to MSU physics and astronomy faculty members contributions to NASA's efforts to be ready to redirect incoming space rocks or asteroids, the MSU Observatory is enabling undergraduates to generate important data for the astronomy community while gaining valuable skills and experience in an increasingly competitive field. In doing so, they’re setting themselves and future generations of Spartan students up for success.  
Asteroid 2023 DZ2 is an approximately 200-ft.-wide asteroid passing near Earth this week. While not a threat, objects like it may be in the future, so NASA's DART mission monitors and tests how to redirect asteroids.
March 24, 2023
NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies detected an asteroid that will pass Earth by 108,758 miles this weekend, which is closer than the moon’s distance from Earth 238,855 miles away. Seth Jacobson, a planetary scientist in Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science, is a member of NASA and MSU’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission which is the world’s first planetary defense space mission and tested how to redirect asteroids that could hit Earth.

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