16 Psyche is one of the ten most-massive asteroids in the asteroid belt at over 200 kilometers in diameter and contains a little less than 1% of the mass of the entire asteroid belt. It is thought to be the exposed iron core of a protoplanet. It is the most massive metallic M-type asteroid.
On Wednesday, January 4th, NASA announced plans for 16 Psyche to be their next target for their Discovery missions.
We’ll look into what makes Psyche so special and discuss how our community can catch live through our telescopes.