near earth asteroid

We’ve Found 10,000 Near-Earth Objects. How To Step Up The Search?

by Elizabeth Howell June 27, 2013

That pale white dot up there? No. 10,000 in a list of near-Earth objects. This rock, 2013 MZ5, was discovered June 18. It is 1,000 feet (300 meters) across and will not come anywhere near to threatening Earth, NASA assures us. But what else is out there? The agency still hasn’t found every asteroid or comet […]

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How to Spot Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2 This Week

by David Dickinson May 27, 2013

A large asteroid visits our fair corner of the solar system this week, and with a little planning you may just be able to spot it. David Dickinson on Google+

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Orion Capsule Accelerating to 2014 Launch and Eventual Asteroid Exploration

by Ken Kremer April 14, 2013

NASA is picking up the construction pace on the inaugural space-bound Orion crew capsule at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida – and accelerating towards blastoff on the unmanned Exploration Flight Test-1 mission (EFT-1) slated for September 2014 atop a mammoth Delta 4 Heavy Booster which will one day lead to deep space human […]

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Asteroid 2012 DA14: Observing Prospects and How to See It

by David Dickinson February 11, 2013

Mark your calendars: this Friday, February 15, 2013, is the close flyby of Near Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14, passing just 27,630 kilometers (17,168 miles) from the surface of the Earth. About 50 meters (164 feet) in size, 2012 DA14 and its close shave marks the the first time there has been passage of an asteroid […]

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Will Asteroid 2011 AG5 Hit Earth in 2040?

by Nancy Atkinson March 1, 2012

You may have heard about an asteroid in the news this week that has a 1 in 625 chance of hitting Earth on Feb. 5, 2040. So, will this asteroid, named 2011 AG5, really hit our planet? The quick answer is, probably not. But astronomers will need more observations of this asteroid to say one […]

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