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Near Earth Objects

Agency Picks Potential Target For Ambitious Space Rock Mission

Reuters | By Irene Klotz | Posted 06.20.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA is considering relocating a small asteroid that buzzed Earth three years ago into a high orbit around the moon wh...

New Theory Emerges About Destructive Space Rock

Reuters | By Irene Klotz | Posted 07.24.2014 | Science

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - An asteroid that exploded last year over Chelyabinsk, Russia, leaving more than 1,000 peo...

WATCH: Massive Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth

Space.com | 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 webcas...

Do You Feel Safer Now?

Mark Boslough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Mark Boslough

Last week, the first round of papers related to last year's spectacular asteroid explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, appeared. One of the most significant conclusions suggests that we may have underestimated the number of building-sized asteroids by up to a factor of 10.

Russian Meteor Sparks Ominous New Assessment Of Space Rock Risk

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 01.06.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the...

EXPLAINED: How Astronomers Home In On Killer Asteroids

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.28.2013 | Science

Searching for potentially Earth-destroying asteroids today isn't easy. They're dark, difficult to see from the surface of the planet, and there are ...

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Killer Asteroids

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.25.2013 | Science

Somewhere out there in the cosmos, odds are there's a big asteroid with our name on it—one that threatens not just to give Earth a close shave but a...

Big Asteroid Headed Back To Earth

AP | Posted 10.21.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA says a big asteroid that whizzed by Earth last month unnoticed is probably nothing to worry about when it retur...

WATCH: Space Agency May Do WHAT With Asteroid?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science

Decades from now, people on Earth may be gearing up for an unprecedented celestial spectacle — the intentional smashing of an asteroid into the mo...

LOOK: Asteroid To Give Earth VERY Close Shave

Space.com | Megan Cannon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science

A tiny asteroid discovered just last week is set to zip by Earth on Wednesday (Sept. 18), passing between our planet and the moon. It is small enough...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: 3 Ways To Take Out Killer Asteroid

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science

Sci-fi flicks that star Earth-killing space rocks, such as the 1998 movie "Armageddon" or "Deep Impact," might be Hollywood fantasy, but according to ...

Space Rock May Be Part Of Threatening Asteroid Gang, Study Suggests

natureheader | Maggie McKee | Posted 08.04.2013 | Science

The house-sized rock that exploded spectacularly in the skies near Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February may have been a member of a gang of asteroids that...

Giant Asteroid To Give Earth Close Shave

AP | Posted 07.28.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An asteroid more than 1 1/2 miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance. The big rock called Aster...

WATCH: Giant Space Rock Headed Our Way

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.18.2013 | Science

A gigantic asteroid will fly by our planet at the end of this month, making its closest approach for at least the next two centuries on May 31. But, d...

Asteroid-Smashing Space Probes Set For Cosmic Crash

Posted 03.26.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 03/25/2013 10:20 AM EDT on SPACE.com THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Scientists in Europe and the United States are moving f...

Waiting for ISON

David J. Eicher | Posted 05.05.2013 | Science
David J. Eicher

Living our 2-D lives on planet Earth, arguing over Sequestration and who has the remote, we tend to forget that the solar system is a cosmic shooting gallery. Comets serve as windows into the solar system's primitive past, and in 2013 we have two icy treats.

REVEALED: Cosmic Secrets Of Huge Russian Fireball

Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/27/2013 06:55 AM EST on SPACE.com A meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this month likely hit Earth after a long ...

MAP: Every Meteorite Impact Since 2300 B.C.

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

Just days after a meteor exploded over Russia, a map showing every meteorite to have hit Earth since 2300 B.C. is going viral. Scientists concluded...

WATCH: Awesome Radar Video Of Asteroid Flyby

Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 02/19/2013 05:41 PM EST on SPACE.com NASA has revealed the first radar video of an asteroid flyby that sent a space roc...

Celebrating Apophis Day

Dan Mack | Posted 02.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Mack

Who cares if life as we know it can continue on the planet Earth? This is not a rhetorical question. Who, specifically, cares? As importantly, why should those of us who read this today give Near Earth Object detection and deflection any of our precious time, money, or attention?

Asteroid Defense, Or How to Stop a Species Killer

John Geoghegan | Posted 11.06.2012 | Weird News
John Geoghegan

Apophis' chief claim to fame is that it briefly achieved the highest level ever measured on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale before it was downgraded. Nevertheless, it still has a one in 250,000 chance of hitting Earth on its second visit.