near earth objects

NASA has Approved a Space Telescope That Will Scan the Skies for Dangerous Near-Earth Asteroids

A lot of the threats humanity faces come from ourselves. If we were listing them, we'd include tribalism, greed, and…

4 months ago

Astronomers Think a Meteor Came from Outside the Solar System

When 'Oumuamua was first detected on October 19th, 2017, astronomers were understandably confused about the nature of this strange object.…

3 years ago

Asteroid Phaethon breaks all the rules. It acts like a comet, it supplies particles to a meteor shower. Oh, and it’s blue

A team of astronomers recently observed Phaeton, a Near-Earth Object (NEO) that behaves like both an asteroid and a comet

3 years ago

A Mission to Deflect an Asteroid Just Moved into the Final Design and Assembly Phase

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission, which will attempt to deflect a small asteroid in 2022, recently moved into…

3 years ago

Scientists Urge Europe to Stick With “Armageddon”-style Asteroid Mission

At the European Planetary Science Conference in Riga this week, scientists urged Europe to remain committed to the AIDA asteroid…

4 years ago

NASA Discovers 72 New Asteroids Near Earth

Since 2013, the NEOWISE mission has surveyed more than 19,000 asteroids and comets and discovered 72 new Near Earth Objects…

6 years ago

NASA Says “No Chance” Small Asteroid Will Hit Earth On March 5th

On March 5th, asteroid 2013 TX68 could be making a close flyby Earth. But NASA's asteroid watchers insist there's no…

6 years ago

How Could You Capture an Asteroid?

We can't just go into space with a big butterfly net or catcher's mitt, so how in the world could…

7 years ago

Mission Complete: NEOWISE Concludes Hunt for Near-Earth Objects

[/caption] The WISE spacecraft has completed a special mission called NEOWISE, looking for small bodies in the solar system, and…

11 years ago

Graphic Shows Biggest and Closest Near Earth Objects (and it’s not scary)

[/caption] Just for fun, graphic design student Zachary Vabolis created this fantastic graphic showing the closest and biggest Near Earth…

11 years ago