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Visitor from alien star system wears insulating coat: astronomers

Paris - A cigar-shaped rock zooming through our Solar System -- the first object from a foreign star system ever spotted in our midst -- is cloaked in a coat of organic material, astronomers said Monday.

No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers

Paris - No alien signals have been detected from an interstellar, cigar-shaped space rock discovered travelling through our Solar System in October, researchers listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology said Thursday.

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study

Washington - A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation.

Asteroid grazes past Earth in 'critical' rehearsal

Paris - A house-sized asteroid grazed past Earth Thursday, passing harmlessly inside the Moon's orbit, as predicted, to give experts a rare opportunity to rehearse for a real strike threat in future.

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Paris - An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

Asteroid just flew by Earth and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

Water detected on asteroid named Psyche

Houston - Water has been detected water on the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system by a team of NASA scientists. The asteroid is called Psyche and it could become the target of a space mission.

Scientists warn Earth to prepare for killer asteroid

Houston - It may seem like the plot of a sci-fi disaster movie, but NASA scientists have given serious consideration of how the Earth should defend itself against an asteroid should such a space rock be on a collision course with our planet.

Did Earth’s precious metals come from an asteroid impact?

Houston - Earth has an abundance of precious metals, such as gold and silver. The high proportion of these has led some scientists to speculate the metals did not originate on the planet.

Space rock named after Freddie Mercury

The late lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, has had an asteroid name in his honor. Mercury posthumously joins fellow Queen member Brian May with a space rock naming.

Queen's Freddie Mercury would be 70, has asteroid named after him

The International Astronomical Union is throwing some of that crazy little thing called love at the late-Freddie Mercury to mark his 70th birthday. One of the more sparkling stars in rock history, the British singer now has an asteroid named after him.

NASA moves on to next phase of Asteroid Redirect Mission

A movie trailer plays before you: the best space scientists of the private and public sector are teaming up to carry out an incredible mission — to relocate a scientifically-vital asteroid from space, into the orbit of the Moon.

100-foot diameter asteroid to pass close to Earth on March 5

A small asteroid that passed by Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles away two years ago is set to make a return appearance on March 5. This time, it could come much closer to Earth, perhaps as close as 11,000 miles, says NASA.

Near-Earth asteroid to adorn the night sky on Halloween

Amateur space explorers are yet to get the best surprise they could have this Halloween as one “spooky” asteroid is expected to dash across Northern American skies on the evening of October 31.

Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

Paris - Large amounts of water may exist on numerous deep space bodies, said a study Thursday that raises the theoretical odds of another planet like Earth sporting the life-giving resource.

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1 narrowly missed Earth on Tuesday

Asteroid 2015 HD1, a small and faint asteroid, about 50 feet across, missed Earth by a hair's breadth at about 3 a.m. CDT ( 8 UTC), Tuesday, April 21, hurtling past at just 45,600 miles (73,400 kilometers) or 0.2 lunar distance.

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.

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.
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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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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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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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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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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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A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
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2012 TC4  orbital diagram
2012 TC4, orbital diagram
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Image of asteroid 101955 Bennu taken by Indian Space Research Organization on June 29  2014.
Image of asteroid 101955 Bennu taken by Indian Space Research Organization on June 29, 2014.
ISRO
Graphic indicates the cloud of possible locations asteroid 2013 TX68 will be in at the time of its c...
Graphic indicates the cloud of possible locations asteroid 2013 TX68 will be in at the time of its closest approach to Earth during its flyby of our planet on March 5, 2016.
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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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An artist s rendering of a Near Earth Object (NEO)
An artist's rendering of a Near Earth Object (NEO)
NASA
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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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.
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Deep Space asteroid harvester
Deep Space asteroid harvester
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The asteroid 243 Ida
The asteroid 243 Ida
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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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The trail of the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk  Russia  on February 15  2013.
The trail of the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013.
Alex Alishevskikh
An artist s concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
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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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