asteroids

Heavy public transport in between Earth and Moon

It’s quite busy in our surroundings. Zipping by -between Moon and Earth- are “bus size” objects, AKA asteroids. These buses are fast travelers, as you can see in the video below, of asteroid 2014 DX110,…


It’s WISE to recycle

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency…


A trail of meteordust

On 15 February, Earth had its biggest run-in with a cosmic missile for a century when a brilliant meteor exploded over the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk. The brilliant fireball, dubbed a superbolide, appeared literally out…


A new asteroid cookie in town

A big asteroid that flew past Earth last month belongs to a new category of space rock, scientists say. Asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon sailed within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers) of Earth…


A cozy and close couple

Radar data of asteroid 1998 QE2 obtained on May 29, 2013, when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Earth. 1998 QE2 measures approximately 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) in diameter. About…


Another rocky visitor from outer space

On May 31, 2013, asteroid 1998 QE2 will sail serenely past Earth, getting no closer than about 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers), or about 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. And…


Boulders keep falling on my head

Scientists using images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters)…