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NASA: Huge asteroid 2014-YB35 makes close Earth approach Friday

A massive space rock, asteroid 2014-YB35, about 1 km across, will hurtle past Earth on Friday at a speed of 23,000 mph, passing safely at a distance of 2.8 million miles at closest approach, about 11.7 times the distance of between Earth and Moon.

Largest known asteroid crater found in Australia

Two massive underground domes found in the Earth's crust in the Warburton Basin in Central Australia represent the remains of the largest known asteroid impact crater on our planet.

Got binoculars? Check out Monday's asteroid fly-by

Pasadena - Got binoculars? Monday's close encounter with Asteroid 2004 BL86 is probably the best time you'll have to use them for sky-watching in the next 13 years.

NASA: Huge asteroid 2004 BL86 will narrowly miss Earth, Jan. 26

Pasadena - A massive asteroid, about a third of a mile in diameter, will pass close to Earth on Jan. 26. NASA says asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass safely, making closest approach at about three times the distance of Earth to the moon at 16:20 UTC, or 11:20 a.m. EST.

Dwarf planet is possible new source of life in our solar system

A potential new source of alien life in our own solar system will be explored by a NASA probe in March 2015. Scientists think that the so-called "dwarf planet," Ceres, could have the right conditions for life to exist and may even be habitable for humans.

Will the newly discovered mountain size asteroid hit Earth?

Russian scientists recently announced the discovery of a new asteroid that may collide with Earth. The scientists estimate the asteroid is the size of a mountain.

Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off

Toukyo - Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Newly discovered asteroid paying close visit to earth

A newly discovered asteroid will be paying a visit Sunday night as it zips remarkably close to earth over New Zealand at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 UTC/GMT).

TopFinds: Russell Brand-BBC interview goes viral, asteroid scare

Watch how actor Russell Brand handles an interview with a BBC presenter. An asteroid nearly missed hitting Earth. Read about a blind Digital Journalist who doesn't let his disability crush his dreams. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Asteroid narrowly misses the Earth

Houston - An asteroid has "narrowly" missed the planet, coming within 4.2 million miles. The incident happened in September but has only now been announced due to the U.S. government shutdown.

NASA wants you to help find killer-asteroids

In a move that might one day save the world, if not bring out the best minds in amateur science, NASA put out a call to citizens and space geeks everywhere today: if you have ideas on how to locate or destroy killer-asteroids, we want to hear from you.

Live Stream: Asteroid 1998 QE2 with its own moon passes Earth

A massive asteroid 1998 QE2 about 1.7 km wide will sail past Earth today Friday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT), making its closest approach for at least two centuries. Astronomers have assured there is no chance that the asteroid will hit the Earth.

Moon craters may hold asteroid and Earth material

A new study has found that the Moon's impact craters may contain remnants of asteroids that created them, suggesting that further studies need be done to determine the composition of the lunar surface due to contamination by material from asteroids.

Fireball lights the sky over concert in Salta, Argentina (video)

Salta - As the folk music band "Los Tekis" performed at an outdoor venue, a suspected meteor lit up the night sky early on Sunday in Salta, Argentina. Just as they finished their song, the sky lit up like day.

NASA to get $100 million to capture asteroid, place in Moon orbit

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) said Friday that NASA will likely get $100 million to start the first phase of a project to use a robotic spaceship to capture and tow a small asteroid to a stable orbit around the Moon for research and exploration purposes.

Asteroid deflection mission AIDA set for impact in 2022

European and US scientists involved in the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission say they are making progress with a planned mission to learn how to deflect asteroids threatening Earth by crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid in 2022.

Asteroid 2013 ET zooms past Earth this weekend

A newly discovered asteroid about 330 feet wide will pass close to Earth this weekend astronomers say. Asteroid 2013 ET will pass Earth at a distance of 600,000 miles (960,000 kilometers) on Saturday, March 9.

How a spot of re-decoration might avert an asteroid collision

A theoretical solution using a coat of paint could prevent a future near-Earth asteroid attack, according to a student whose novel solution won a 2012 ‘Move an Asteroid’ technical paper competition.

Op-Ed: The sky is falling! The sky is falling?

San Francisco - A whirlwind of chaos spawned by the Russian Meteor hit causes conspiracy theories and rumors to spread worldwide.. One thing is for sure, the sky is falling.

Meteor injures hundreds in Russia, Update 1200 injured

Chelyabinsk - A meteor, travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second, has crashed into the Ural mountain region of Russia, injuring at least 500 people. A fireball was seen streaking through the sky Friday before the meteor hit land.

Livestream: Asteroid 2012 DA14 flyby, a complete guide

Stargazers worldwide are waiting with eager anticipation for Friday's near-miss flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14. At its nearest approach it is expected to pass 17,200 miles from Earth, inside the ring of geosynchronous satellites.

Meteorite crashes in Russia

As the world awaits a flyby from an asteroid, Russia is dealing with a meteorite strike. BBC Europe is reporting a meteor shower has caused a meteorite to fall to earth and some injuries and damage has been reported.

See a NASA video wake-up call from space

From telescopes in Australia, NASA has released the first moving images of the space object to make a near miss of Earth on February 15. In a previous report NASA's and the European Space Agency's images were shown. This event (see link below) is on film.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 in record close shave with Earth, February 15

Asteroid 2012 DA14, about 150 feet (45 meters) across, will give the Earth a record setting close shave on Feb. 15, when it passes much closer to the Earth than the Moon and enters the paths of geosynchronous navigation and communication satellites.

Mystery orb crashes as geophysical actions continue

Astronomical and geophysical activities increase as “Mayan doomsday” prediction nears. Asteroid came nearer to Earth than the Moon, while mystery orb crashes. Geophysical actions proliferate throughout Chile, Iceland, and New Zealand.

Large asteroid paying Earth a close call tonight

A large asteroid will pass by Earth tonight (December 12), and although it cannot be seen with the naked eye, astronomy aficionados can watch the phenomenon live on their computers.

'Spaceballs,' a possibly viable defense against asteroids

MIT graduate student Sung Wook Paek won the 2012 Move An Asteroid contest by introducing a plan to coat an asteroid in light-colored paint pellets as a means to move it away from Earth.

Possibly world's richest diamond field found in asteroid crater

Recently declassified Russian documents show the existence of what may be the world's richest diamond field located in a 62-mile diameter asteroid crater known as Popigai Astroblem in Siberia.

Writer who exposed Naples mafia has asteroid named in his honor

Rome - Roberto Saviano, whose 2006 book "Gomorrah" exposed secret details about the Naples mafia, had an asteroid named in his honor on Friday by the International Astronomical Union.

B612 Foundation to launch asteroid hunter Sentinel telescope

Mountain View - A privately funded project, the Project Sentinel, will soon launch a space telescope into solar orbit. The Sentinel Space Telescope will be scanning the vicinity of the Earth's orbit for undiscovered bodies with potentially Earth-impacting trajectories
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NASA s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17  2011. It was taken fr...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet Vesta. Each pixel in the image corresponds to roughly 0.88 miles (1.4 kilometers).
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This shows the size of asteroid 2012 DA14 as it compares to a NASA space shuttle. 2012 DA14 is about...
This shows the size of asteroid 2012 DA14 as it compares to a NASA space shuttle. 2012 DA14 is about 164 feet (50 meters) across.
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 Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closest on February 15  2013.It will pass much closer than the orbit o...
"Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closest on February 15, 2013.It will pass much closer than the orbit of the moon - closer even that orbiting geosynchronous satellites (22,000 miles). "
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Radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 captured by the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico.
Radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 captured by the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico.
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This artist s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and ...
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
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Graphic shows the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during close approach  as seen edge-on to Earth s...
Graphic shows the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during close approach, as seen edge-on to Earth's equatorial plane.
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Deep Space asteroid harvester
Deep Space asteroid harvester
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Projected path of asteroid 2014 RC past Earth on September 7  2014
Projected path of asteroid 2014 RC past Earth on September 7, 2014
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A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
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Asteroid 2012 TC4 as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory team on Oct. 9  2012.
Asteroid 2012 TC4 as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory team on Oct. 9, 2012.
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Artist s impression of a 1000km-diameter planetoid hitting a young Earth.
Artist's impression of a 1000km-diameter planetoid hitting a young Earth.
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NASA chart depicts asteroid 2012 DA14 s position and times during its Feb. 15  2013 flyby of Earth. ...
NASA chart depicts asteroid 2012 DA14's position and times during its Feb. 15, 2013 flyby of Earth. The asteroid will approach within 17,200 miles of Earth.
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The asteroid 243 Ida
The asteroid 243 Ida
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NASA map shows the locations in Eastern Europe  Asia and Australia  where the asteroid 2012 DA14 may...
NASA map shows the locations in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia, where the asteroid 2012 DA14 may be visible in telescopes during its close Earth flyby on Feb. 15, 2013.
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Shows the area of North America where asteroid 2012 DA14 may be visible in amateur astronomers  tele...
Shows the area of North America where asteroid 2012 DA14 may be visible in amateur astronomers' telescopes at 7 p.m. EST and 10 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2013.
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An image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid generated from data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Tele...
An image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid generated from data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico
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CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday s flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth s closest asteroid encounter unt...
CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday's flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth's closest asteroid encounter until 2027.
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The dwarf planet Ceres  also the largest asteroid in the solar system  is seen here in an amazing vi...
The dwarf planet Ceres, also the largest asteroid in the solar system, is seen here in an amazing view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), L. McFadden (University of Maryland)
Orbit of asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Dust samples were collected from this asteroid by a Japanese space ...
Orbit of asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Dust samples were collected from this asteroid by a Japanese space probe and returned to Earth. AU= Astronomical Unit= 149,597,870.7 kilometres.
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