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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Asteroid’

Asteroid Near Earth Is “Disconcerting” For Experts

“What would you do if an asteroid were about to hit Earth?” You know, there’s a lot of “doom-porn” circulating about this near-earth asteroid due to whiz by Sunday morning. And that’s alright; a little rational fear helps spur us into action so that we can seek a logical solution. So should you be scared out of your mind about …

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Beast Asteroid Comes Close To Earth Sunday

A giant asteroid known as the Beast will come very close to Earth on Sunday. The huge asteroid is the size of a football stadium and although it will come close enough to the earth to be seen with a telescope, scientists say that there is no chance it will hit Earth. Size isn’t the only thing the Beast has …

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‘The Beast’ Asteroid Set to Pass Earth on June 8th

On Sunday, June 8th, an asteroid nicknamed “The Beast” will approach uncomfortably close to the Earth – 3.25 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, to be exact. The passing is uncomfortable for a couple of reasons: 1) Any space object nicknamed “The Beast” should be fear inducing no matter how close it is; and 2) The massive …

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Asteroid Near Earth And Uncomfortably Close

An asteroid named 2014 EC, considered small to astronomers, (25 feet wide) is zooming past earth at a surprisingly close proximity. It’s actually between the moon and the earth, and within 38,300 miles from us. It passed by us early on March 6th, the third consecutive asteroid flyby within the past 24 hours, and is six times closer than the …

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Asteroid Passing Earth: How To See It?

When you hear the words “asteroid” and “Earth”, for a few seconds there is a bit of major concern. Is this thing going to hit us? How big is it? The asteroid, named 2014 DX110, is expected to fly past the Earth without incident on Wednesday. Scientists aren’t anticipating any kind of collision. Instead, they say that the asteroid will …

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Asteroid 2014: Cosmic Monster Missed Earth This Morning

A couple million miles may not sound like much of a “close call” with an asteroid. But compare it to the vast and empty light years upon light years surrounding this oxygenated rock ball we ride around on in infinite space, and 1.6 million miles isn’t much wiggle room between us and a structure racing past at 27,000 miles per …

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Comet ISON Moving Closer to Sun for Thanksgiving

Many are preparing to draw closer together on Thanksgiving, and that includes space interaction as well. Comet ISON, which has more popularly been referred to as the “comet of the century” is currently continuing on the pathway to approach the sun’s vicinity. The closest encounter will be on November 28th, which just happens to also be Thanksgiving. The comet is …

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Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid

Astronomers today announced that an asteroid with six “comet-like” tails has been discovered. The asteroid, currently named P/2013 P5, was imaged twice in September by the Hubble Space Telescope. Its strange tails were seen changing position over the course of just a few days. A paper describing the asteroid was published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Astronomers currently hypothesize …

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Dangerous Asteroid Buzzes Earth, Will Return

A dangerous asteroid came relatively close to Earth last month, in an incident NASA calls a “reality check.” The asteroid, named 2013 TV135, is scheduled to make another pass in about 20 years, though NASA says the possibility of a collision is very slim. NASA says the Ukranian-discovered 2013 TV135 has a 1 in 63,000 chance of actually hitting Earth, …

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xkcd Author Gets Asteroid Named After Him

Considering the background of Randall Munroe, the creator of the highly successful xkcd web comic, perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise. What we have is the creator, who used to work for NASA as a robotics engineer, receiving the honor of having an asteroid named after him. The title was bestowed by the International Astronomical Union, which is in …

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NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids

NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope ran out of coolant in the fall of 2010. Though the telescope was used for a few more months (the NEOWISE mission), it was officially retired from service in February 2011. Now, NASA has announced that WISE will get a second lease on life later this year. WISE will be reactivated in …

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NASA Reviews Asteroid Capture Mission Ideas

Back in June, NASA issued a “Grand Challenge” to catalogue all of the near-Earth asteroids that could potentially threaten life on the planet. As part of the initiative, NASA began soliciting ideas on how to locate, redirect, and explore these asteroids. The agency received a huge response, with over 400 ideas coming from industry, universities, and the public. NASA is …

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