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Robot Astronomy Talk Show: The Mass of Asteroids (Cameron Diaz, Ed Wasser)

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Published on Feb 27, 2013

Cameron Diaz teaches Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) how astronomers can measure the mass of asteroids from tremendous distances.

Specifically, it describes the formula "F=ma" and how it can be used in conjunction with measurements of the "Yarkovsky Effect," a force that can push around asteroids & other objects in space.

This video is part of the Robot Astronomy Talk Show series. It airs as part of NASA's IRrelevant Astronomy (the "IR" stands for "infrared"), a channel of comedic educational videos.

For latest episodes, please subscribe to our YouTube channel or visit our website:
spitzer.caltech.edu/irrelevant

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