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Tag: Near-Earth Asteroid

NASA Discovers Two Asteroids Hours After They Slipped Past Earth

Two asteroids safely skimmed past Earth this weekend. They were detected hours after their flyby. Why do astronomers detect near-Earth objects only after the space rocks are already close to our planet?

Space July 12, 2018

First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions

The European Space Agency announced an update on its Hera spacecraft that is set to be the first human mission heading to a binary asteroid. ESA said the spacecraft has entered its next engineering design phase.

Space June 27, 2018

There Could Be Thousands Of Unconfirmed Near-Earth Objects According To Scientists

Scientists estimated that there could be thousands of near-Earth objects that are left unconfirmed. The team called for concerned agencies to devise a method that could ensure timely detection of NEOs that could potentially hit Earth.

Space June 23, 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

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

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 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

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

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 Day: How Scientists Are Preparing For The Next Big Impact

On Asteroid Day, scientists draw attention to possibilities of near-Earth objects (NEO) striking home. When is the next big asteroid impact likely to take place, and what's the magnitude of damage to be expected?

Space June 29, 2017

How Huge Asteroid Didn’t Spell Doom For Earth But Instead Offers Plenty Of New Data

NASA captured radar images of 2014 JO25’s April 19 flyby revealing the asteroid’s physical features. This data is extremely valuable in determining future chances of an asteroid collision with Earth.

Space April 22, 2017

Asteroid Flew By So Close To Earth It Was Inside Satellite Ring

NASA has revealed that an asteroid flew by very close to planet Earth it was inside the ring of geosynchronous satellites. The space rock was also detected just six hours before its closest approach.

Space March 5, 2017

NASA Radar Captures Images Of Asteroid Resembling ‘Dungeons And Dragons’ Dice

2017 BQ6 was more angular than many asteroids and NASA’s radar images prove it. It’s so angular, in fact, that it closely resembles the dice used in 'Dungeons and Dragons.'

Space February 11, 2017

Asteroid Barely Missed Earth When It Flew By Closer Than The Moon On Monday

An asteroid about the same size as the Chelyabinsk meteor flew by Earth at a proximity equivalent to about half the distance between our planet and the moon. The space rock was discovered only two days before it whizzed by.

Space January 10, 2017

Asteroid-Sampling Osiris-REx Mission Set To Launch From Cape Canaveral Next Week

NASA announced on Thursday, Sept. 1, that it will push through with the scheduled launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission next week. The space probe is set to travel to a near-Earth asteroid in order to collect organic-rich samples.

Space September 3, 2016

NASA Clears Asteroid Redirect Mission Despite $150 Million Cost Increase

NASA announced that it has approved the review of the Asteroid Redirect Mission's robot element, allowing it to enter its next development stage. It also said the $150 million cost increase was due to a delay in the launch schedule.

Space August 17, 2016

Mysterious Case Of Missing Asteroids Uncovered - Murder Most Solar!

Astronomers are puzzled why the number of asteroids passing near Earth is surprisingly low, fortunately. Now, a new discovery revealed where the missing objects went.

Space February 18, 2016

This Is How NASA's Planetary Defense Office Will Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions

In case an asteroid threatens the Earth, NASA now has a department committed solely on detecting potential impacts. This is how the Planetary Defense Coordination Office would work during potential collisions.

Space January 16, 2016

Doomsday Asteroid 2015: NASA Assures World Will Not End In September

NASA warns the public to check the facts the rumors they debunk. If an asteroid was on course to smash into the earth next month, we'd already see it, says NASA.

Space August 23, 2015

Astronomers Track Mysterious 'Outcast' Asteroids To Their Surprising Birthplace

A distant family of asteroids may be the source of objects that pass close enough to Earth to be a concern, astronomers say. The group may be spawning near-Earth objects with highly unusual orbits, they say.

Space August 6, 2015

How Would the Public Be Warned of Potential Asteroid Impact?

Experts at a workshop debate the best way to advise the public in the event of a possible impact by a near-Earth object. Communicating such warnings on a global scale to diverse audiences will be difficult, they warn.

Space November 22, 2014

Near-Earth asteroid defies laws of physics. Will 1950 DA spell Earth's doom?

Scientists have observed a near-Earth asteroid called 1950 DA, which defies the laws of physics. The latest observation can help government agencies deflect any asteroid collision with the Earth.

Space August 15, 2014

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