Topic: Asteroid
asteroid safely flies earth
September 08, 2014

Asteroid 2014 RC safely flies past Earth

BBCWallington A small asteroid about the size of a house will fly past Earth on Sunday, US space agency Nasa says. The asteroid, 2014 RC, will pass over New Zealand at around 18:18 GMT. It is about 60 ft (18 m) in size.It will be about 40,000 km (25,000 miles) away, posing no danger to Earth, Nasa ...

japan space agency unveils asteroid
September 03, 2014

Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

AFPTOKYOJapanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body. The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically-named 1999JU3 ...

Asteroid grazes past Earth even closer than moon

DMWashington-An asteroid the size of a bus came to within 186,000 miles of Earth - a close shave in cosmic terms - on Saturday morning.The recently-detected asteroid HL129 was closer to Earth than the moon - which is on average 238,855 miles away from our planet - on its closest approach at 4.13am. ...

risk asteroid hitting earth
April 24, 2014

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought

CAPE CANAVERAL-The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said on Tuesday.A global network that listens for nuclear weapons detonations detected 26 asteroids that exploded in ...

As scientists watch, distant asteroid disintegrates

WASHINGTON : Patsy Cline’s classic country song “I Fall to Pieces,” has nothing on this one. Scientists said they have observed for the first time an asteroid breaking apart, crumbling into at least 10 pieces in sort of a celestial, slow-motion train wreck. The ...

asteroid close pass earth
March 06, 2014

Asteroid to make close pass by Earth

WASHINGTON : An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage, Nasa said Wednesday. Coined 2014 DX110, the asteroid will be part of a rare class of objects that comes nearer than the moon, and will shave by at around 2100 ...

earth close encounter asteroid
February 19, 2014

Earth’s close encounter with big asteroid

REUTERSSPACE-An asteroid estimated to be the size of three football fields whizzed close to Earth on Monday, roughly a year after one exploded over Russia and injured 1,200 people.Slooh Space Camera tracked the approach of the asteroid as it raced past the planet at about 27,000 mph (43,000 kmph), ...

scientists stuns asteroid tailed
November 10, 2013

Six-tailed asteroid stuns scientists

WASHINGTON - A strange asteroid that appears to have multiple rotating tails has been spotted with NASA’s Hubble telescope between Mars and Jupiter, astronomers said Thursday. Instead of appearing as a small point of light, like most asteroids, this one has half a dozen comet-like dust ...

asteroid blast space track
October 24, 2013

‘Asteroid-blast space cannon on track’

AFPTOKYO-Japanese scientists readying to blast a crater in an asteroid to find out what it is made of said Wednesday they have successfully tested their new space cannon. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said the huge weapon would fire a metal bullet at the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 ...

asteroid crash earth
October 22, 2013

Will Asteroid 2032 crash into Earth in 2032?

Last week, Ukranian scientists observed an asteroid on a collision course with Earth – in 19 years. The astronomers sent word out to their colleagues around the globe, several of whom independently confirmed the discovery of 2013 TV135, as it has been lovingly named.2013 ...

nasa astronauts lasso asteroid
August 26, 2013

Nasa astronauts will lasso asteroid to take samples

WashingtonDaily MailThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a new mission - to capture an asteroid, send a spaceship to it and collect samples before returning home in less than a month round trip.In an effort to attain a better understanding of asteroids, meteors and other ...

asteroid set sail miles earth
May 19, 2013

Asteroid set to sail ‘just’ 3.6m miles away from Earth

  Massachusetts GN An asteroid nine times larger than the QE2 is due to sail past the Earth later this month. Luckily, the giant space rock will get no closer than 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. Scientists have named the asteroid 1998 QE2 but the ...

asteroid 2012 da14 t hit us
February 16, 2013

Asteroid 2012 DA14 won't hit us...but what if it did?

IAN O'NEILL Today (Feb 15) at 7:25 pm GMT, a 45-metre-wide asteroid will glide silently past Earth.The 130,000 metric ton space rock will come within 27,700km of our planet - that's around 1/13th the Earth-Moon distance. It will come close enough to Earth that our planet's gravity will modify its ...

huge asteroid hurtle earth
March 06, 2012

Huge asteroid to hurtle past Earth next year

A 150-foot asteroid orbiting Earth called 2012 DA14 will pass so close to Earth it will fly UNDER man-made satellites orbiting our planet.Nasa’s Impact Risk report said that the odds of the space rock actually hitting our planet are very low indeed - but on February 15 next year it will pass ...

Large Asteroid Makes Rare Flyby Earth
November 10, 2011

Large asteroid makes rare fly-by of Earth

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A big asteroid made its closest fly-by of Earth in 200 years on Tuesday, but there was never a chance of a crash landing as it zipped past our planet, Nasa said. Astronomers around the world aimed their telescopes to catch a glimpse of the 2005 YU55 asteroid, which is the size of ...

Asteroid Whizzes Earth
April 17, 2011

Asteroid whizzes by earth

AN asteroid as strong as 15 atomic bombs whizzed past earth last night at just ten times the distance of the moon. Astronomers first spotted the cigar-shaped rock spinning through space on Monday evening and tracked it through the atmosphere. The star-gazers were baffled by why the asteroid ...

Dinosaurs wiped out by an asteroid crashing into earth

DINOSAURS - rulers of Earth for 160 million years - all died within days of a giant explosion, scientists said yesterday. An asteroid the size of the Isle of Wight smashed into Mexico with a billion times more force than the Hiroshima A-bomb. A vast fireball swept debris into the atmosphere and ...