Its speed gave it away. The first asteroid whose name has an “I”—for “intergalactic”—whooshed into our solar system and was spotted last October by a telescope in Hawaii called Pan-STARRS1. On October 19, Rob Weryk, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, was scanning a series of images on his computer screen for near-Earth objects when he saw tiny streaks.
From stunning acts of bravery to the quiet determination of rocket builders, from ghost stories to lobster mayhem, here are some of the best stories in Air & Space / Smithsonian from the last year. Before we get to the list, we also published two Collector’s Editions this year, must-haves for any aviation and space fan: 50 Greatest Moments of the Space Age, and 25 Famous Flights. You can find all our special issues and ebooks here.
When your debut novel becomes a no. 1 bestseller and a Hollywood blockbuster, there’s really no getting around having your second work struggle to live up to it. Artemis, though, struggles more strenuously than anticipated. Andy Weir’s latest story sets up a fascinating and scientifically believable space environment—this time, the first lunar colony. The city of Artemis is built for tourists, who enjoy the one-sixth gravity and swank amenities before exploring the Apollo 11 landing site.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".