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Yet Another Asteroid made a Close Pass to Earth

Another asteroid made a close pass to the Earth, on January 24, at 11:54 EDT (5:54 UTC), the second one to do so in as many weeks. Asteroid 2017 BX's close pass -- just within the Moon's orbit -- follows asteroid 2017 AG13's January 9 flyby by a...
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Another Asteroid Came Disturbingly Close to Earth This Month

A small asteroid passed extremely close to the Earth on January 9, missing us by only 192,500 kilometers (119,500 miles), roughly half the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Because of its small size, the asteroid, called 2017 AG13, wasn't spotted until two days before its approach.
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Just Discovered Asteroid to Brush Past Earth on Halloween

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just announced that they have discovered an asteroid that will pass near the Earth on October 31. While it will zip by us at a safe distance, at approximately 280,000 miles (450,000km) away, just outside of the Moon's orbit, the asteroid is troubling in that it was only detected on October 10, less...
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Huge Asteroid in Close Pass Tomorrow

The media is bursting with scare stories over asteroid 1999-FN53. It’s a kilometer wide and it’s going to make a close pass on Thursday at .68 astronomical units (AU). Will it strike Earth? Highly unlikely, NASA says. Its high speed of 30,000 mph means that it should be easily propelled past us without slowing down. If it did, it would...
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Too Many Meteors?

Speaking on Dreamland on May 9, 2014, Dr. Robert Schoch said that Planet Earth along with the rest of our solar system is entering a region of space that contains more debris than the region we have been in...
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Massive Asteroid on Course for Earth

Earth seems to have had a number of lucky escapes recent years; several asteroids have passed uncomfortably close to our home planet, and one exploded without warning in 2013 over Chelyabinsk in Russia, causing injuries to residents and extensive damage to buildings.

Now another piece of space debris has been identified as a...
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The History Of The "Red Planet" May Help Us To Understand Climate Change on Earth

The question of whether life ever existed on Mars has inspired scientists - and songwriters - for decades. The Red Planet is currently an arid, icy desert where no sign of life remains, but was it always this way?

It is widely recognised that living entities have three basic requirements: standing water, an energy source and the five...
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Deep Impact: From Fantasy to Fact?

Unknown Country has been keeping a keen eye on the skies just recently, and with good cause: following the revelation last week that the Earth had narrowly escaped serious damage from 26 very sizeable asteroids over the past few years, another...
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Risk from Major Asteroid Strike Higher Than Previously Thought

The risk of a sizeable asteroid colliding with the earth has always been purported to be extremely low, with scientists reporting that such an event was only likely to occur every twenty million years or so.

Unfortunately, our collective sigh of relief could be a little premature, as recent evidence suggests that, not only is the risk...
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Close Encounter: Massive Apollo-Class Asteroid Set to Skim Past Earth Tonight

Astronomers are warning us that asteroid 2014 DX110 is on target to hurtle between the Earth and the Moon on Wednesday, passing close to our planet at a distance of just 217,000 miles (350,000km).

At 98ft (30m), 2014 DX110 is a relatively large object belonging to the Apollo class asteroid group, a class of Earth-crossing objects...
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Another Asteroid Near Miss?

In the last few hours, a "Deep Impact" style scenario has unfolded in space as a huge asteroid grazed past Earth last night at 27,000mph.

The asteroid passed within 2 million miles of Earth, not exactly a "near miss" but close enough to make scientists sit up and track its progress with more than a passing...
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Another Newly Discovered Asteriod Passesd Us July 22

Near-Earth asteroid 2013 NE19, which is about the size of a football field, passed within 2.6 million miles of Earth on July 22. There was no danger that it would strike Earth, but there is a concern because it was discovered just last Monday (July 15). Had it been aimed at Earth, we would have had just eight days to prepare. An object that size...
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Newly Discovered Asteroid Passes Between Earth and Moon Tonight

Newly Discovered Asteroid Passed Between Earth and Moon Saturday Night

Asteroid 2013 LR6 will pass within 70,000 miles of Earth tonight, making its closest approach over Tasmania at 9:42 Pacific Time. The asteroid is 30 feet in diameter and NASA says it has no chance of striking our planet. What is a matter for concern, though, is that it was just discovered two days ago, on June 6. The discovery was made by NASA...
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Gotcha! NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid

NASA plans to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it. Is this part of NASA's search for potential "killer" asteroids?

At a recent Congressional hearing, NASA told lawmakers that it's time for...
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Comet May Hit Mars in 2014

It may kick up enough red dust to set back planned missions to Mars by several years.

On the website, Mike Wall reports that a newfound comet will give Mars a close shave next year, and there's a...
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Asteroid on the Way? Pray

That's the (rather unscientific) advice to Congress from NASA chief Charles Bolden, who basically says that if a large asteroid heads towards a big US city--as it recently did in Russia--there's not much else we can do. He told them, "From the information we have, we don't know of an asteroid that will threaten the population of the United...
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Smash It on Purpose

It's like a video game in the sky: A joint mission between Europe and the US plans to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid in order to prove that incoming space rocks can be knocked off their paths before they collide with Earth.

The Asteroid impact and Deflection Assessment mission (AIDA) will intercept the asteroid Didymos in 2022,...
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Comet Aiming for Mars

Will life on Mars go the way of the dinosaurs before we have a chance to discover it? Incoming Comet C213/A1, discovered on January 1st, is expected by some astronomers to pass within 28,000 miles of Marsin 2014. But cometary trajectories change, and an impact is not impossible, although NASA estimates that the object will pass Mars at a distance...
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Killer Asteroid? Spray It Away!

An aerospace and physics researcher has a plan to deflect a killer asteroid by using paint. The idea may sound crazy, but he's working with NASA on the project.

Dave Hyland thinks that one possible way to avert an asteroid collision with Earth is by...
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Meteor Strikes but Asteroid Passes Safely

As Asteroid 2012 DA14 approached Earth, a significant meteor strike took place in central Russia. Most experts do not believe that the two events were related, and NASA has confirmed that the asteroid has not broken up. However, smaller debris is sometimes present near asteroids, and is not generally detectable, so it is possible that such debris...
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Why We Have Curiosity About Mars

The new Mars rover was named Curiosity because it hopes to answer one of the greatest questions of modern man: Are we really Martians?

A few billion years ago, Mars may have been a planet...
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Asteroid Hunting

Asteroid impacts are rare, but they can cause incredible harm (look what one did to the dinosaurs!). In 1908, one of them flattened 800 square miles in the...
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Meteors Ground Planes

We've heard of Icelandic volcanoes affecting planes and even meteors hitting people, but this is the first time we've herd of a meteor shower grounding planes, but that's what happened right here in the US:...
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The Killer Asteroid

That asteroid that hit the earth 13,000 years ago was a killer, all right--it triggered an ice age that wiped out most of the large animals on Earth. Melted glass buried deep within the Earth at sites around the world confirms the theory that a comet or meteor was responsible.

In the June 12th edition of the Los Angeles Times, Thomas...
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Internet CEOs Bankroll Asteroid Mining

A new gold rush is on! Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt (along with filmmaker James Cameron) are backing a plan to mine gold and other precious metals from asteroids.

They've formed a company called Planetary Resources, which will start out by developing...
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Who Owns That Asteroid?

When US astronauts planted an American flag on the moon, it made other countries nervous because it seemed as if our country might be "claiming" it. Now space lawyers say that the international legal system must be improved and expanded before any products that are...
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Need Precious Metals? Mine an Asteroid

NASA may return to space after all--but not to explore, to MINE the valuable minerals that are on asteroids, in a NEW TYPE of "Gold Rush." And we may use robots to do the dirty work.

Space scientists think that robots will be the astronauts of the future. They'll explore the universe, find and identify...
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Quarter Mile Asteroid Passing Between Earth and Moon Tuesday

Asteroid 255 YU55 will pass between the earth and the moon on Tuesday. The object is the larger than an aircraft carrier and would cause significant damage if it struck either our planet or the moon...

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Need a Space Station? Lasso an Asteroid

A group of scientists want to capture a near-earth asteroid and bring it closer to Earth, so we can use it as a platform for future space missions. This is not some wild future speculation: We already have the technology to do this.
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