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Asteroid Near Earth Is “Disconcerting” For Experts

Asteroid Near Earth Is “Disconcerting” For Experts

By Ashley Olds June 7, 2014

“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 …

Asteroid 2014: A 2 Million Mile Near-Miss Asteroid 2014: A 2 Million Mile Near-Miss

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 …

Comet ISON Moving Closer to Sun for Thanksgiving 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 …

Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid 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 …

Dangerous Asteroid Buzzes Earth, Will Return 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 …

Web Comic Creator Gets Asteroid Named After Him Web Comic Creator Gets Asteroid Named After Him
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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 …

NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids
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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 Reviews Asteroid Capture Mission Ideas 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 …

NASA Has Now Found 10,000 Near-Earth Objects NASA Has Now Found 10,000 Near-Earth Objects

NASA this week announced that it has now discovered more than 10,000 near-Earth objects – asteroids that could pass close to Earth in the future. The agency also bragged that 98% of all near-Earth objects have been uncovered by NASA …

NASA Issues 'Grand Challenge' to Combat Asteroids NASA Issues 'Grand Challenge' to Combat Asteroids
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NASA and astronomers around the world have been tracking asteroids for decades now. Though asteroids seem to be constantly be giving the Earth a close miss, no ‘doomsday’ asteroids have yet been found. That doesn’t mean they aren’t out there, …

Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon

While NASA promises us the latest asteroid to pass close to our planet is no threat, the fact that a moon was discovered in rotation around Asteroid 1998 QE2, does give us an idea of just how big the traveling …

Russian Meteor Blast Explained by NASA [VIDEO] Russian Meteor Blast Explained by NASA [VIDEO]

On February 15, when the world’s astronomers were busy watching Asteroid 2012 DA14 make a close flyby of Earth, a different space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shockwave following the meteor’s destruction shattered windows …

Russia Meteor Blast Being Assessed by the ESA Russia Meteor Blast Being Assessed by the ESA

Last week, as astronomers around the world turned their attention toward the passing asteroid 2012 DA14, a meteorite entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The blast shattered windows and injured hundreds in the small town. The European …

Google Briefly Ran an Asteroid-Themed Doodle Google Briefly Ran an Asteroid-Themed Doodle
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Today, in celebration of asteroid 2012 DA14′s near miss of Earth, Google planned to run a new Doodle on its homepage. In fact, they did run it for a short time. But if you visit the Google homepage right now …

Meteorite Falls in Russia, Lights Up the Sky [VIDEO] Meteorite Falls in Russia, Lights Up the Sky [VIDEO]
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A meteorite only a few meters long fell to Earth above Chelyabinsk, Russia early this morning. The shockwave caused by the object shattered windows and caused hundreds of injuries. A video of the event has quickly become one of the …

NASA: Asteroid 2012 Da14 Will Not be Hitting Earth NASA: Asteroid 2012 Da14 Will Not be Hitting Earth

Today at around 2:20 pm EST an asteroid named 2012 da14 will come within 17,200 miles of the surface of Earth. Almost one year ago NASA was able to determine that the asteroid definitely does not pose a danger to …

Asteroid Flyby to be Live-Streamed by NASA Asteroid Flyby to be Live-Streamed by NASA
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On February 15, tomorrow, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 will fly within several thousand miles of the surface of the Earth. At its closest approach the asteroid will come within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface – a harrowingly close …