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No, The Asteroid Headed Our Way Is NOT On A Collision Course

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.26.2015 | Science

On Friday, an asteroid traveling 23,000 mph will pass by Earth at a distance of 0.03 astronomical units (AU). If that sounds ominously close, it's ...

Enormous Space Rock Is Headed Our Way

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Science

A ginormous asteroid is headed our way, but no need to worry. NASA says asteroid 2004 BL86--estimated to be about one-third of a mile in diameter--wil...

Asteroid To Zoom 'Very Close' To Earth

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

Breathe easy, Earthlings. A 60-foot asteroid is headed our way, but astronomers say it's nothing to worry about. Dubbed 2014 RC, the space rock wi...

Dino-Killing Asteroid Was NOTHING Compared To This Whopper

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.11.2014 | Science

Scientists believe that a huge asteroid smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs. But if that errant space rock was a whopper...

Jennifer Bendery

NASA Maps Out Plans For Sending People To Mars, Tossing An Asteroid At The Moon | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- NASA has some projects in the works when it comes to space exploration, but they're no big deal: Just grabbing an asteroid and throwing ...

Again? Newfound Asteroid To Give Earth Close Shave | Mike Wall | Posted 03.06.2014 | Science

For the second day in a row, a space rock is going to zip close by Earth within the orbit of the moon, and you can watch the encounter live online. T...

WATCH: Massive Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth | Miriam Kramer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

An asteroid the size of three football fields is set to make a close brush of Earth on Monday (Feb. 17), and you can watch the flyby in a live webcast...

Why Aren't We Preparing for Supervolcanoes?

Cadell Last | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

It isn't statistically probable that we will encounter a supervolcanic eruption within the next century (or even millennia). But it isn't statistically probable that an asteroid will hit us either, and that doesn't stop us from preparing for the worst.

Shutdown Takes Heavy Toll On Space Agency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science

Tried visiting the NASA website recently? Thanks to the government shutdown, it's on hiatus. So are most of the agency's programs, including @Aster...

Massive Space Rock Buzzes Past Earth

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2013 | Science

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 9 - An asteroid as big as a city block shot relatively close by the Earth on Saturday, the l...

Another Giant Space Rock To Give Earth Close Shave

Posted 03.06.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 03/06/2013 06:58 AM EST on A newly discovered asteroid the size of a football field will cruise through Earth...

How to Avoid Meteors

Marty Kaplan | Posted 04.20.2013 | Home
Marty Kaplan

No one can avoid living where a chunk of space rock explodes with the force of 20 Hiroshima bombs. But the causes of climate change, unlike the contingencies of the interstellar cosmos, are within our control.

Asteroids and Ancestors

Al Eisele | Posted 04.20.2013 | Home
Al Eisele

It may seem far-fetched to claim that the meteor that exploded above Siberia last week deserves a footnote in the memoir I'm writing of my late parents, both prominent writers, but it's true.

WATCH: Bill Nye's Surprising Take On Asteroid Threat

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.14.2013 | Science

As the world watches for a giant asteroid to give Earth a close shave on Feb. 15, famed science educator Bill Nye suggests now is the time to get invo...

New Evidence May Settle Dino Extinction Dispute

Posted 02.08.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/07/2013 02:11 PM EST on LiveScience The idea that a cosmic impact ended the age of dinosau...

Space Agency Seeks Ideas For Asteroid-Smashing Mission

Posted 01.18.2013 | Science

By: Staff Published: 01/17/2013 12:30 PM EST on European space officials are seeking ideas to help develop a mission to knoc...

Asteroid Will Fly HOW Close To Earth?

Posted 01.11.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 01/10/2013 04:57 PM EST on The Earth is safe from the giant asteroid Apophis when it flies extremely close to ...

NASA Makes Statement On 2040 Asteroid Threat

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 12.24.2012 | Science

So the world didn't end this past week after all, and here's some more disappointing news for apocalypse-watchers: New information on Asteroid 2011 AG...

TONIGHT: Giant Asteroid To Pass By Earth

Posted 02.10.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 12/11/2012 09:15 AM EST on A giant asteroid will make a flyby of Earth over the next few days, and armchair ast...

TODAY: Huge Space Rock Gives Earth Close Shave

Posted 10.12.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 10/12/2012 07:50 AM EDT on An asteroid the size of a house will buzz Earth today (Oct. 12) but poses no ri...

Risk Of Asteroid Impact Recalculated By NASA Astronomers

Posted 06.18.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 06/18/2012 10:20 AM EDT on A large asteroid that scientists initially thought could pose a threat to Ea...

TODAY: Airliner-Sized Asteroid Gives Earth Close Shave

Posted 04.01.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 03/31/2012 11:30 AM EDT on An asteroid the size of a passenger jet will zoom close by Earth on Sunday (Apri...

Why Human Space Travel?

Richard Garriott | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

Human spaceflight can and will come down in cost by a factor of 10 to 100 in the next decades. The issue is not if we should explore and homestead in space but when.

WATCH: Bus-Sized Asteroid Headed For Near-Miss With Earth

Posted 01.27.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 01/26/2012 04:43 PM EST on A small asteroid will make an extremely close pass by Earth Friday (Jan. 27), coming...

WATCH: Asteroid Makes Rare Flyby Close To Earth

Posted 01.08.2012 | Green

A huge asteroid speeding through space at 30,000 miles per hour was projected to come so close to Earth on Tuesday that it would at one point travel i...