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Asteroid to have a close brush with Earth in two weeks

Kolkata: A piece of rock will have a close encounter with the Earth on February 16, coming closer than some of the geostationary satellites orbiting the planet, said an official. The asteroid, known as 2012 DA14, is about 148 metre in diameter and is on a close encounter course with the planet. […]


Apophis: Asteroid impact nixed for 2036

Worried about an asteroid smacking into Earth in 2036? Rest easy, say NASA scientists.
Observations made in the latest flyby of the asteroid Apophis, which closed to within 9 million miles away from Earth, added to earlier measures that show the hefty space rock, roughly 350 yards wide, won’t collide with us anytime soon.
"(W)e have effectively […]


“Once in a Civilization” Comet to Zip past Earth Next Year

  As it flares out of the distant Oort Cloud, the newly discovered cometC/2012 S1 (ISON) appears to be heading on a trajectory that could make for one of the most spectacular night-sky events in living memory. Why is this comet expected to be so unique? Two reasons:

Astronomers predict that the comet will pass just […]


Watch an Asteroid Fly by Earth Live on Sunday

Watch live this weekend as an asteroid the size of a city block flies past the Earth.

On Sunday, July 22, we will have a live feed from the Slooh Space Camera. The show will start at 4:30 p.m. Pacific (7:30 Eastern) with images from the Slooh telescope in the Canary Islands. For all the […]