Asteroid 2014 SC324 zips by Earth Friday afternoon
What a roller coaster week it's been. If partial eclipses and giant sunspots aren't your thing, how about a close flyby of an Earth-approaching asteroid? 2014 SC324 was discovered on September 30 this ...
New insights on the origin of the triple asteroid system (87) Sylvia
Combining observations from the world's largest telescopes with those from smaller instruments used by amateur astronomers, a team of scientists has discovered that the large main-belt asteroid (87) Sylvia ...
The abundance of water in asteroid fragments
A new study could provide insights about the abundance of water in fragments from a famous asteroid.
Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago
Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists reported on Thursday.
Asteroid named for University of Utah makes public debut
What's rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth?
How ancient impacts made mining practical
About 1.85 billion years ago, in what would come to be known as Sudbury Canada, a 10 kilometer wide asteroid struck with such energy that it created an impact crater 250 kilometers wide. Today the chief industry of Sudbury ...
ESA's bug-eyed telescope to spot risky asteroids
Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once.
Small asteroid to safely pass close to Earth Sunday
(Phys.org) —A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT ...
NASA invites public to submit messages for asteroid mission time capsule
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.
Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe
Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.
Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup
(Phys.org) —NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the ...
Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids
Study reveals California meteorite's rough and tumble journey
(Phys.org) —A meteorite that fell onto the roof of a house in Novato, California, on Oct. 17, 2012, has revealed a detailed picture of its origin and tumultuous journey through space and Earth's atmosphere. ...
Study uncovers forces that hold gravity-defying near-earth asteroid together (Update)
Researchers at UT have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids.