Tag: Asteroid

Here's What NASA Will Do To Stop Asteroids From Hitting Earth

An 18-page document released by the White House outlined five goals in protecting the Earth from asteroid crashes. One of the things that NASA will do is to enhance the asteroid detection and tracking capabilities of the United States.

Space June 21, 2018

Tech Guru Nathan Myhrvold Explains Why NASA Is Very Wrong About Asteroids In Peer-Reviewed Study

Dr. Nathan Myhrvold believes that NASA's NEOWISE project has inaccurate data about asteroids. In 2018, his work was peer-reviewed and published by scientific journal 'Icarus.'

Space June 15, 2018

Americans Want NASA To Focus On Saving The Earth, Not Space Exploration

NASA is currently focused on missions that will send humans to the Moon and Mars. A survey, however, revealed that Americans think NASA should instead focus on studying climate change and monitoring asteroids that may crash into Earth.

Space June 7, 2018

Asteroid Crashes Into Earth Atmosphere Just Hours After It Was Discovered

An asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere over Africa just hours after it was first spotted. Should there be concerns that a bigger, more destructive asteroid will impact the planet without being detected?

Space June 4, 2018

Life Returned To Dinosaur-Killer Asteroid Crater In Just Years

Scientists discovered that it only took several years for life to return to the crater left behind by the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. The researchers found signs of life in sediment cores extracted from the Chicxulub crater.

Ancient May 31, 2018

Interstellar Immigrant Has Been Caught In Jupiter's Orbit For 4.5 Billion Years: Where Did This Asteroid Come From?

Scientists just found this solar system's first interstellar immigrant, an object from outside that has now been in Jupiter's orbit for 4.5 billion years. Where did this interstellar object come from?

Space May 21, 2018

‘Lost’ And Found Asteroid Safely Sweeps Past Earth On May 15

Asteroid 2010 WC9, an Apollo-type space rock, made a safe flyby close to Earth on May 15. NASA said it is the closest distance it can get for at least two centuries.

Space May 16, 2018

Earth To Have Close Encounter With 'Lost' Asteroid This Week: Is There Reason To Worry?

The May 15 pass will be Earth's closest encounter for an asteroid the size of 2010 WC9, a space rock larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor that injured 1,600 in 2013. Does this 'lost' asteroid pose significant threat?

Space May 14, 2018

Asteroid Possibly Longer Than Football Field Will Soon Have Near-Earth Encounter

An asteroid that may be longer than a football field will zoom past Earth on May 15. According to NASA, it will be the closest flyby for an asteroid of its size in almost 300 years.

Space May 13, 2018

Exiled Asteroid May Have Been Kicked Out Into Kuiper Belt By Young Gas Giants

Gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter may have thrown out the carbon-rich asteroid 2004 EW95 into the Kuiper Belt, beyond Neptune during the early stages of the Solar System’s formation. How did this happen?

Space May 11, 2018

Exiled Asteroid Discovered Past Neptune In Kuiper Belt: How Did It Get All The Way Out There?

Scientists have discovered the first carbon-rich asteroid found in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. The asteroid has originally formed between Mars and Jupiter.

Space May 10, 2018

DSTART Designing Evolving Starship Made From Hollowed-Out Asteroid

The DSTART team is designing a starship that can keep generations of crew alive as they travel through deep space for an extended period. Why should the interstellar spacecraft use an asteroid?

Space April 29, 2018

Asteroid Impact Experiment Shows That Asteroids Could Have Brought Water To Earth

The origin of water is still a big mystery. A new experiment suggests that the Earth’s water could have come from asteroids that hit the planet during its early life.

Space April 26, 2018

The World's First Trillionaire Will Be The One Who Harnesses Space Mining

Space mining is the next trillion-dollar industry, and it will give rise to the world's first trillionaire, said Goldman Sachs. The renowned investment bank is not the only supporter of asteroid mining, though.

Space April 23, 2018

Space Diamonds Found More Than A Decade Ago Were Formed Inside Of Long-Lost Planet

Tiny diamonds from a meteorite that crashed on Earth a decade ago originated from a long lost planet. A new study determined where the space diamonds came from.

Space April 18, 2018

An Asteroid The Size Of A Football Field Just Sailed Past Earth And No One Noticed Until After It Passed By

Earth was caught by surprise after a football-field-sized asteroid skimmed the planet. It was not detected until hours after it had passed by Earth.

Space April 17, 2018

Turns Out Dinosaurs Were Killed Off By Flowers, Then The Asteroid Put The Nail In The Coffin

Conventional wisdom has it that the dinosaurs were killed off due to an asteroid, but new research may flip that on its head. It turns out that the culprit was flowers.

Ancient April 5, 2018

Gas Giant's Gravitational Tug May Have Caused Cigar-Like Shape Of Interstellar Asteroid 'Oumuamua

'Oumuamua’s appearance is different from what scientists predicted an interstellar asteroid would look like. Researchers now think that gravitational stretching could be behind the space rock’s cigar-like shape.

Space March 28, 2018

NASA Can Use Paint To Save Earth From Asteroid Impact

Painting the surface of asteroid Bennu may protect Earth from a potential impact by the year 2135. Here's how paint could prevent an asteroid collision.

Space March 23, 2018

'Oumuamua Asteroid Likely Came From a Tatooine-Like World: What Are Binary Star Systems?

New findings concluded that the alien-like figure called ‘Oumuamua is more likely to have originated from a binary system different from the Earth’s. ‘Oumuamua’s rocky structure similar to that of an asteroid can only be present in hotter environments.

Space March 21, 2018

Alien Visitor 'Oumuamua Most Likely Ejected By A Two-Star System: How Did That Happen?

'Oumuamu likely originated from a binary star system, which has at least one big hot star. This is how the interstellar asteroid was likely ejected from its home star system.

Space March 20, 2018

Interstellar Asteroid 'Oumuamua Discovered To Have Come From Binary Star System

'Oumuamua is the first known interstellar object that has been observed in this solar system. New research suggests that it may have come from a binary star system.

Space March 19, 2018

Hammer Spacecraft May Not Prevent Bennu Asteroid From Crashing Into Earth In 2135

Deflecting dangerous near-Earth objects headed toward Earth may not work for the massive asteroid Bennu that may collide with the planet in 2135. What are other possible ways to prevent this catastrophic collision?

Space March 17, 2018

NASA HAMMER Spacecraft May Save The World In The Future From An Incoming Asteroid

NASA is working on a spacecraft named HAMMER that may save the world from a possible asteroid crash. To change the path of the asteroid, HAMMER will either crash into it or nuke it.

Space March 11, 2018

Watch Asteroid 2018 DV1 Zoom Past Earth Today

An asteroid known as 2018 DV1 is passing near our planet on Friday at 12:54 p.m. EST. Although invisible to the naked eye, it can be viewed through a live stream by The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0.

Space March 2, 2018

Successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Opens Up More Asteroid Mining Opportunities

The successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket may have opened up more asteroid mining opportunities, according to an astrophysics researcher. Will the venture soon prove to be possible, or will it remain a concept for many more years?

Space February 19, 2018

Oumuamua Interstellar Asteroid Tumbles Through Space For Billions Of Years After Collision With Mystery Object

The Oumuamua asteroid has spinning chaotically through space after colliding with an object that threw it out of its system. It will continue to spin chaotically for many billions of years before it will rotate normally again.

Space February 12, 2018

Asteroid Flies By Close To Earth: Why Are Many Asteroids Being Spotted?

An asteroid brushed past the planet on Friday, Feb. 9. Dubbed 2018 CB, it was the second asteroid to make a flyby close to Earth last week.

Space February 12, 2018

The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Triggered Catastrophic Underwater Volcano Eruptions

A new study claimed that the asteroid crash 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs also triggered catastrophic underwater volcano eruptions. Some scientists, however, remain skeptical that the two events are connected.

Ancient February 8, 2018

Planetary Field Researcher Finds 3 Space Rocks From Michigan Meteor

Dozens of space rock hunters flocked to Hamburg Township looking for meteorites worth thousands of dollars each. Unfortunately, not all of them know exactly where to look for extraterrestrial treasure.

Space January 19, 2018

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid To Fly By Close To Earth Next Month

A massive asteroid NASA labeled as 'potentially hazardous' is set to fly by Earth on Feb. 4. What can happen if a space rock as big as AJ129 strikes our planet?

Space January 17, 2018

The Skull-Shaped Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145 Is Returning In 2018

The skull-shaped asteroid that flew by Earth in Halloween 2015 is returning. Officially called 2015 TB145, the Halloween asteroid will come near Earth again in November 2018.

Space December 22, 2017

Astronomers To Scan Mysterious Interstellar Asteroid To Look For Signs Of Alien Technology

The cigar-shaped interstellar object called Oumuamua is characterized by unusual properties. Was this sent by an intelligent alien civilization? Astronomers want to find out.

Space December 12, 2017

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon To Fly By Close To Earth On Dec. 16: Will It Pose Any Danger?

A huge asteroid is going to fly by quite close to Earth on Dec. 17. The space rock called 3200 Phaethon has been deemed a potentially hazardous asteroid by NASA.

Space December 11, 2017

NASA Fails To Spot Whale-Sized Asteroid That Skimmed Past Earth

A massive asteroid flew close by Earth recently. NASA failed to spot the asteroid while it was traveling near the planet and detected it only after it passed Earth.

Space December 9, 2017

SpaceX Mars-colonization Rocket May Help Chase Interstellar Asteroid

The Initiative for Interstellar Studies announced the Project Lyra mission to study the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua’. The research team suggested SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket as one of the options that can be used to reach the asteroid.

Space November 29, 2017

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Is A Cigar-Shaped Asteroid

Astronomers witnessed a historic moment last month by detecting the solar system’s first interstellar visitor. The object has now been identified as a most bizarre-shaped asteroid and named Oumuamua.

Space November 21, 2017

Rare Metal In Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid May Kill Cancer Cells

Iridium, a rare metal on Earth but abundant in rocks from space, may be used to treat cancerous cells. What makes the promising cancer treatment better than current therapies?

Space November 4, 2017

Asteroid Impact That Killed The Dinosaurs Cooled Earth's Climate More Than Earlier Thought

The Chicxulub asteroid that killed the dinosaurs released more sulfur and carbon dioxide than previously thought. This means that the ensuing period of cool weather was colder than previously thought.

Earth/Environment November 2, 2017

Astronomers Spot First Interstellar Visitor From Outside The Solar System

Researchers have spotted the first interstellar object that could be detected from Earth. The astronomers are trying to determine whether the object, referred to as A/2017 U1, is an asteroid or a comet.

Space October 29, 2017

Asteroid That Came Close To Earth This Week May Be Real Threat In 2079

Asteroid 2012 TC4, which came close to Earth earlier this week, will return again in the future. One of these visits may possibly result in a collision with Earth.

Space October 14, 2017

Unusual Space Rock Turns Out To Be 2 Comet-Like Asteroids Orbiting Each Other

The binary asteroid in the asteroid belt was initially thought of as a single object. It was eventually found to be two asteroids with comet-like features orbiting each other.

Space September 22, 2017

Large Near-Earth Asteroid To Safely Zoom Past The Planet On Sept. 1

NASA has confirmed that a large asteroid will have a safe flyby in September. Asteroid Florence is the largest near-Earth object to fly at a relatively close range.

Space August 19, 2017

Asteroid Expected To Skim Past Earth In October

The European Space Agency has confirmed that asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly between Earth and the moon in October. The asteroid will not hit the planet.

Space August 12, 2017

NASA Moves Forward With First Asteroid Deflection Mission

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), NASA's impact spacecraft, entered its preliminary design phase. DART will collide with Didymos B to provide scientists with important information about kinetic impact as an asteroid mitigation strategy.

Space July 5, 2017

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