In a bit of news that mixes sci-fi space exploration with real space exploration,
Russ, who spoke with
Tim Russ is going back to his space roots. On his latest mission, he's helping detect asteroids for @NASA. @timruss2 and five other citizen astronomers contributed to the detection of #Patroclus, an asteroid orbiting Jupiter. https://t.co/MtiTG0Is1T @USATODAY @Unistellar pic.twitter.com/4ZvXtKif1f— The SETI Institute (@SETIInstitute) August 27, 2021
Unistellar asked that “Whoever’s available, whoever has clear skies coming, and has the time” to go out and track Patroclus Russ told
Russ explained the tracking process, which relies on Unistellar’s telescope with a built-in GPS. Basically, all the actor had to do was have the telescope locate itself relative to the starfield in the sky. Then he punched in the object he wanted to see and the telescope moved to eye it on its own. The ‘scope was then able to layer images of the asteroid to give it far more detail than somebody would otherwise see with just their naked eye and the telescope.
The actor told
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