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Ring System Spotted Around Asteroid

Astronomers today revealed that an asteroid in the outer solar system has been confirmed to have its own Saturn-like ring system. The new findings have been published today in the journal Nature. The asteroid, named Chariklo, is a minor planet that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus. The object is also classified as a “centaur,” one of the many …

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NASA, Kerbal Space Program Want You To Stop Virtual Asteroids

Kerbal Space Program is one of the most fascinating PC games of the last few years. It’s a hardcore space exploration simulator that has players building rockets to send little green men into space. It’s incredibly challenging, and it takes most players dozens of hours before they build anything that can even escape the atmosphere. With a game like that, …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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