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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...

How To Watch Historic Comet Landing

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2014 | Science

The countdown is on for the European Space Agency's historic bid to land on a comet. The agency's Rosetta spacecraft is set to place its Philae rob...

LOOK: 'Beast' Spotted Whizzing By Earth In Amazing Detail

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science

The nature of "The Beast" has been revealed. NASA researchers bounced radio signals off the huge near-Earth asteroid 2014 HQ124, nicknamed "The Bea...

Again? Newfound Asteroid To Give Earth Close Shave

Space.com | 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. ...

Space Agency Seeks 'Targets' For Ambitious Asteroid Mission

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

NASA has set up a "rapid response system" to pick the best candidates for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission. The space agency aims to use a rob...

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...

WATCH: Asteroid's Strange Interior Glimpsed For First Time Ever

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

The innards of an asteroid have been measured for the first time. Scientists using a European Southern Observatory telescope have made precise measu...

PHOTO: Long-Awaited Comet Looks 'Downright Weird,' Observers Say

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

With just one month to go before its dramatic solar rendezvous, skirting to within a hairbreadth of the surface of the sun, Comet ISON continues to b...

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...

LOOK: Fast-Moving Meteor Adds Flash To Folk Rock Concert

AP | JEFF MARTIN | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science

ATLANTA — NASA officials say brilliant lights in the sky and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia came from a meteor that streaked across ...

Strange Molecules Found Inside Fragment Of West Coast Fireball

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 09.10.2013 | Science

Scientists have discovered unexpected ingredients for life — organic molecules never seen before in meteorites — inside a chunk of space rock tha...

'Trojan Asteroid' Discovered Lurking Near Giant Planet

SPACE.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.30.2013 | Science

Astronomers have discovered an unexpected, novel kind of triangle in the sky — one whose points are the sun, Uranus and the first "Trojan asteroid...

Farmer Unearths Ancient Meteorite

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science

Farmers expect to reap what they sow. So it was quite a surprise when Bruce Lilienthal found a meteorite half-buried in a field on his farm in Minneso...

WATCH LIVE: Giant Space Rock Zooms By Earth

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

The gigantic space rock scientists call 1998 QE2 will miss earth, but that doesn't mean you have to miss it: As asteroid 1998 QE2 zips by Earth today ...

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...

Maybe Weird Space Rock Isn't From Mercury After All

Posted 04.09.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/08/2013 05:02 PM EDT on SPACE.com A strange green space rock hailed as perhaps the first meteorite ever discovered fro...

Asteroid NOT To Blame For Dinosaur Extinction, Scientists Say

Posted 03.23.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/22/2013 05:18 PM EDT on LiveScience Updated March 22 at 5:36 p.m. ET The rocky object t...

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 SPACE.com A newly discovered asteroid the size of a football field will cruise through Earth...

Space Mission Would Give Our Satellite One Of Its Own

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

NASA is mulling a plan that calls for a robotic spacecraft to capture a near-Earth asteroid and drag it into the moon's orbit. Sounds far out, but a r...

Student Says Paint Could Prevent Asteroid Apocalypse

Posted 10.29.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 10/29/2012 09:43 AM EDT on SPACE.com An epic battle between paintballs and a giant asteroid could one day save th...

WATCH: Asteroid Comes Oh-So-Close To Satellites

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.23.2012 | Science

Space scientists at NASA have an eye on asteroid 2012 DA14. Why? The 45-meter-wide space rock is expected to come extremely close to Earth next year--...

Meteorites Found Along Fireball's Path Called Incredibly Old

AP | By SCOTT SONNER | Posted 04.26.2012 | Science

RENO, Nev. -- Robert Ward has been hunting and collecting meteorites for more than 20 years, so he knew he'd found something special in the Sierra foo...