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An asteroid just buzzed past Earth, and we barely noticed in time

Jul 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The asteroid, named 2019 OK, is 100 meters wide. Its presence was announced mere hours before it zoomed past our planet.

Astronomers are spotting more near-Earth asteroids all the time. NASA

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

JAXA says the probe had descended around 5 kilometers and is on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometers from Earth

HARD AT WORK. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 10, 2019, shows researchers and employees working at a control room for the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara city, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

How did the Earth get its water? Asteroid sample gives a surprising answer

May 04, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Thanks to the Japanese Hayabusa mission, we now have fresh evidence

ASTEROID. Asteroids known as ‘S-type’ contain a lot more water than we thought. Oliver Denker/Shuttestock

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The Hayabusa2 probe fires an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth

This handout photograph received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 6, 2019 shows stone and sand after bullets were fired into the surface to collect data by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after landing on the asteroid Ryugu. Hayabusa2, the Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid 300 million kilometres from the Earth for clues about the origin of life and the solar system, landed successfully on February 22, scientists said. JAXA / AFP

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, says Liu Jizhong, head of China's Exploration and Space Engineering Center

NEXT FOR CHINA. A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on December 8, 2018. China now spends more on its civil and military space programs than do Russia and Japan, and is second only to the United States. File photo by STR/AFP

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'We made a successful touchdown, including firing a bullet' into the Ryugu asteroid, says Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager

FALCON. An artists rendition of Hayabusa2, or Falcon in Japanese. Photo from Go Miyazaki under CC license

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, lands safely on asteroid Ryugu and is in contact with its team

TOUCHDOWN. This photograph received from Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 3, 2018, shows the shadow of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 (L) over the asteroid Ryugu. Photo from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Hayabusa2 Twitter account

Japan's space robots start asteroid survey

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

ASTEROID SURVEY. In this handout photograph taken and released by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerosapace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on September 21, 2018, researchers and employees work at a control room to operate the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara. Photo by Yutaka Iijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The first, blurry images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

New telescope to scan skies for asteroids on collision course with Earth

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

If potentially hazardous asteroids are found years or decades before a potential collision, then a spacecraft can be used to nudge the asteroid to change its path so that a collision can be avoided, says astronomer

ASTEROID DETECTOR. A photograph and a baseline design rendering mix showing a view of the completed exterior building from the road leading up to the site. Photo from LSST Project/NSF/AURA, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system – study

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, say researchers

MYSTERIOUS VISITOR. The first confirmed object from interstellar space is a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a reddish hue. The asteroid 'Oumuamua is up to a quarter mile (400 meters) long, and 10 times as long as it is wide. Image courtesy NASA

Close call: passing asteroid to test Earth's warning systems

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000 kilometers (27,300 miles) – just above the 36,000-km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth

ASTEROID 2012 TC4. Screenshot of animation from NASA/JPL-Caltech

Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit – ESA

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:03 AM

It will not hit the Earth said Detlef Koschny of ESA s Near Earth Objects research team That s the most important thing to say

THE MOON FROM THE ISS. This NASA handout image of the Moon, released on August 8, 2017 was taken from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik as he pointed his camera and captured this image on August 3, 2017. Handout photo from NASA / AFP

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:45 PM

There is no possibility for asteroid 2014 JO25 to collide with Earth says NASA The asteroid will fly at a distance of about 1 8 million kilometers

FLYBY. Projected path of asteroid 2014 JO25, which will come within 1.8 million kilometers from Earth, or less than 5 times the distance to the Moon. Screengrab from NASA video on Youtube

Cash crunch for anti-Armageddon asteroid mission

Jan 25, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The proposed joint European US mission dubbed AIDA Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment aims to redirect a 160 meter moon – the first time humans would have altered the course of a Solar System body

AIDA. Schematic of the AIDA mission concept shows ESA’s AIM spacecraft in orbit about the binary asteroid (65803) Didymos. Image from NASA's AIDA project page.

End of a space odyssey: Rosetta orbiter set to land on comet

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Europe s trailblazing deep space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball s dusty surface for eternit

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Asteroid named after Freddie Mercury on his 70th birthday

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:16 AM

The asteroid is far from the British singer s namesake planet and is instead in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

This file photo taken on September 18, 1984 shows rock star Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, during a concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (POPB). Jean-Claude Coutausse/AFP

From drinking cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

Aug 29, 2016 - 5:45 PM

An invention inspired by the iconic beverage cup will launch into space aboard the United States first robotic mission aimed at scooping up 4 5 billion year old dust from an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Bennu on a sample return mission. Credit: NASA

Asteroid yang jauh jadi ancaman serius bagi Bumi

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:39 AM

Besarnya sekitar 96 kilometer persegi atau lebih 22 kali lapangan sepakbola

Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:14 PM

One NASA scientist says Asteroid 2015 TB145 appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby

EERIE. This image of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 305-meter Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Photo by NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

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Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

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Halloween asteroid to shave past Earth

Oct 21, 2015 - 11:55 PM

The space rock is about the size of a football stadium and is moving at an unusually high speed of 78 000 miles per hour

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Jun 19, 2015 - 9:14 AM

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Jun 17, 2015 - 3:27 PM

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Apr 02, 2015 - 12:32 PM

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NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission: A space rendezvous

Mar 30, 2015 - 9:30 PM

What is NASA s Asteroid Redirect Mission? Watch this report to find out

NASA probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres

Mar 03, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Scientists are eager for their first close up look at a dwarf planet believed to be a building block left over from the formation of the planets 4 6 billion years ago

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres from about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) away on Feb. 25, 2015. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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Jan 28, 2015 - 8:23 PM

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Big asteroid that skimmed Earth has its own moon – NASA

Jan 28, 2015 - 10:35 AM

The odd couple of 2004 BL86 and its moon will not come this way again for another two centuries astronomers say

Asteroid 2004 BL86, which safely flew past Earth on Jan. 26, 2015.  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mountain-sized asteroid to skim by Earth

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:48 PM

The asteroid s closest approach to Earth is expected around 1600 GMT but it will be dim because Earth will see only a portion of its illuminated side

This graphic from NASA shows the passage of asteroid 2004 BL86. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Rosetta suggests Earth's water came from asteroids, not comets

Dec 11, 2014 - 8:43 AM

The report is based on the atomic signature of water molecules from the comet showing that they are vastly different from water on Earth

SELFIE. A handout photo released on October 15, 2014 by the European Space Agency shows a picture taken with the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander showing comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. Photo from AFP/ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Japan launches rocket carrying asteroid probe

Dec 03, 2014 - 1:39 PM

The H IIA rocket blasts off from Tanegashima Space Center in the south of the country at 1:22 pm local time 0422 GMT after delays due to bad weather

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Japan again delays launch of asteroid probe

Nov 30, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Japan delays the launch of a space probe for the second time due to forecast of bad weather

NASA asteroid defense program falls short – audit

Sep 16, 2014 - 7:20 AM

Just 1 million of the program s 40 million annual budget is spent on strategies to deflect an incoming asteroid or evacuate areas in danger of impact

The NASA logo is displayed on a wall outside the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas 20 March 2007. EPA/Aaron M. Sprecher

Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

Sep 02, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The probe named Hayabusa 2 is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically named 1999JU3 asteroid

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Astronomers ring in startling asteroid find

Mar 27, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in June last year as it passed in front of a star scrutinized by seven telescopes

RING. An image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 26 March 2014 shows an artist's impression of the rings surrounding the remote asteroid Chariklo. L. Calcada and Nick Risinger/ESO/EPA

Asteroid makes close pass by Earth

Mar 06, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Coined 2014 DX110 the asteroid became part of a rare class of objects that comes nearer to Earth than the moon

CLOSE SHAVE. This image shows the relative locations of asteroid 2014 DX110 and Earth on March 4, 2014. Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Review: 7107 International Music Festival

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:20 PM

Clark Field Pampanga was ground zero for music fans who attended the inaugural 7107 International Music Festival

January 1 in history

Jan 01, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The first day of the year has witnessed some of the firsts in world history

Red Hot Chili Peppers leads 7107 Int'l Music Festival lineup

Dec 12, 2013 - 11:35 AM

The 7107 International Music Festival releases the first phase of their lineup

Asteroid-blast space cannon on track: Japan scientists

Oct 23, 2013 - 9:24 PM

The huge weapon would fire a metal bullet at the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 some time in 2018 The Hayabusa 2 which will launch the weapon will then land on the surface and take samples

NASA identifies 3 potential asteroids for capture

Sep 12, 2013 - 2:11 PM

The US space agency has narrowed its hunt for an asteroid to capture to three NASA said Wednesday

ASTEROID CAPTURE. This conceptual image shows NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. NASA illustration

'Lazarus comets' explain solar system mystery

Aug 02, 2013 - 11:42 PM

These dormant comets in the asteroid belt can be brought back to life when they pass relatively close to Jupiter and the shape of their orbits is tugged

Massive asteroid with own moon to pass Earth

May 31, 2013 - 10:02 PM

A huge asteroid with its own moon is expected to pass the Earth

ASTEROID. A huge asteroid with its own moon is expected to pass the Earth. Photo by AFP

NASA wants to tow an asteroid to the moon: senator

Apr 07, 2013 - 8:02 AM

US President Barack Obama will even propose around 100M for NASA in his 2014 budget

Photo from AFP

Vast asteroid impact zone found in Australia

Feb 20, 2013 - 1:19 PM

Andrew Glikson a visiting fellow at the Australian National University said the asteroid measuring 10 to 20 kilometers in diameter was a giant compared to the plunging meteor which exploded above Russia a week ago

Divers scour Russian lake after meteor strike injures 1,200

Feb 16, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Divers scoured the bottom of a Russian lake on Saturday February 16 for fragments of a meteorite that plunged to Earth in a blinding fireball whose shockwave injured 1 200 people and damaged thousands of homes

METEORITE EXPLOSION. A meteorite streaks across the sky in Russia. Screen shot from Youtube.

Video: Asteroid flies by Earth

Feb 16, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Mark Vornhusen captures images of 2012 DA14 asteroid from Greenbelt early morning Saturday

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Asteroid whizzes safely past Earth

Feb 16, 2013 - 8:12 AM

It was the closest predicted approach to Earth

SPACE. This image obtained Feb 15, 2013 shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the white dot in the middle. Image by AFP/NASA/Gloria Project/FRAM