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Asteroid 2014 KH39 Zips Just 1.1 LD from Earth – Watch it LIVE June 3

by Bob King June 1, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Got any plans Tuesday? Good. Keep them but know this. That day around 3 p.m. CDT (20:00 UT) asteroid 2014 KH39 will silently zip by Earth at a distance of just 272,460 miles (438,480 km) or 1.14 LDs (lunar distance). Close as flybys go […]

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Surprise: Earth Is Hit By a Lot More Asteroids Than You Thought

by Jason Major April 22, 2014

“The fact that none of these asteroid impacts shown in the video was detected in advance is proof that the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid is blind luck.” – Ed Lu, B612 Foundation CEO and former NASA astronaut When we think of recent large asteroid impacts on Earth, only a […]

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Watch This Asteroid Not Hit Earth

by Jason Major November 26, 2013

Earlier today the near-Earth asteroid 2013 NJ sailed by, coming as close as 2.5 lunar distances — about 960,000 km/596,500 miles. That’s a relatively close call, in astronomical terms, but still decidedly a miss (if you hadn’t already noticed.) Which is a good thing since 2013 NJ is estimated to be anywhere from 120–260 meters […]

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“Oddball” Asteroid is Really a Comet

by Jason Major September 10, 2013

It’s a case of mistaken identity: a near-Earth asteroid with a peculiar orbit turns out not to be an asteroid at all, but a comet… and not some Sun-dried burnt-out briquette either but an actual active comet containing rock and dust as well as CO2 and water ice. The discovery not only realizes the true nature of […]

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A Parting Look at 2012 DA14: Was This a Warning Shot from Space?

by Jason Major February 18, 2013

Just as anticipated, on Friday, Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 passed us by, zipping 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) above Earth’s surface — well within the ring of geostationary weather and communications satellites that ring our world. Traveling a breakneck 28,100 km/hr (that’s nearly five miles a second!) the 50-meter space rock was a fast-moving target for […]

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