All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Asteroid’

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 surveys. The 10,000th near-Earth object was discovered on June 18, 2013 by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope on Maui, Hawaii. The telescope …

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NASA Issues ‘Grand Challenge’ to Combat Killer Asteroids

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, though, hurdling toward Earth with the potential to end life as we know it. With that in mind, NASA this …

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Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon, Will Pass ‘Close’ to Earth

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 asteroid really is. According to a report from Space.com, 1998 QE2 is about 1.7 miles across and the rock caught …

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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 and damaged property throughout the Russian town. Later that week, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it was studying …

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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 Space Agency (ESA) today announced that it is studying the event, which isn’t quite as rare as humans might hope. …

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Google Briefly Ran an Asteroid-Themed Doodle but Quickly Pulled It After the Events in Russia

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 you won’t see any asteroid-related Doodle. That’s because Google removed it. And yes, it’s for the reason you suspect. Google …

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Meteorite Falls in Russia, Lights Up the Sky [VIDEO]

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 most-watched videos on YouTube today. It shows the object appear in the sky over the Russian city and break up …

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

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 the planet, at least not on this approach. With the asteroid’s approach so near and the public’s growing awareness of …

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Asteroid Flyby to be Live-Streamed by NASA

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 miss that comes well within the ring of man-made geosynchronous satellites that orbit the Earth. The flyby will set a …

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Asteroid Worth $195B to Swing By Earth on February 15

On February 15 an asteroid named 2012 DA14 will pass very close to the Earth. It will swing within just 17,200 miles of the planet’s surface, which is well within the orbit of the man-made geosynchronous satellites that orbit the Earth. By coming within just one-thirteenth the distance from the Earth to the moon, the asteroid will set a record …

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Earth-Threatening Asteroid to be Visited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

One week from today an asteroid will swing within just 17,200 miles of Earth – closer than geosynchronous satellites that orbit the planet. While there is no chance of an impact event on February 15, there are other asteroids that could collide with the Earth sometime in the future. To prepare for (and hopefully prevent) such a disaster, NASA has …

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Asteroid Named “Wikipedia” Officially Documented

Considering just how many asteroids there are in the asteroid belt, it can be difficult to come up with acceptable names for all of them. So, they are given obscure provisional names until a naming organization can bestow names on select celestial bodies. Most named asteroids are named after astronomers themselves, or the relatives of astronomers. This week, Wikimedia announced …

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