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Small Asteroid Will Safely Pass Earth
2014-03-06 12:52:56

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory An asteroid about 25 feet (8 meters) across will safely pass Earth at about 1:21 p.m. PST (4:21 p.m. EST) today, March 6, approaching us six times closer than the moon. This distance, though not unusual, is closer than the Earth flyby of a larger asteroid on Wednesday afternoon, March 5. This afternoon's flyby object, asteroid 2014 EC, was discovered on March 5 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Ariz. Its closest-approach distance, about 38,300...

Small Asteroid Will Pass By Earth Safely
2013-02-04 08:30:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid's path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth. Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique...

Chinese Probe Gets Up Close And Personal With Asteroid 4179 Toutatis
2012-12-17 08:38:30

[Watch Video: Surface Features of Asteroid Toutatis Revealed By Radar] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An asteroid by the name of 4179 Toutatis passed close enough to Earth last week that China´s Chang´e-2 probe was able to fly by the object, named for the Celtic deity Teutates by Christian Pollas in 1989, and snap some photos. The asteroid reportedly passed within 2 miles of the probe before swinging back out in Jupiter´s neighborhood....

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Passing Close To Earth Tonight
2012-12-11 15:23:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Potentially Hazardous Asteroid, 4179 Toutatis, will be making a close approach of Earth this week, just in time to give "world ending" theorists something to talk about. The asteroid has an estimated diameter of over 3 miles, which is about half the size of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. Some believe that the Mayan calendar predicts the world will be ending this year on December 21 due to an asteroid striking...

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2012-01-29 08:05:51

The bus-sized asteroid that flew past Earth on Friday may have garnered headlines, but it is far from alone, as experts claim that approximately 50 million objects pass by our planet each day. As previously reported here on redOrbit.com, Asteroid 2012 BX34, which was first detected on Wednesday, skimmed past Earth at a distance about one-fifth to one-sixth that of the Moon two days ago. While astronomers reportedly said that there was no cause for alarm, and that the 20- to 62-foot...

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2012-01-27 14:07:20

An asteroid about the size of a bus flew past Earth on Friday at a distance within about 36,750 miles. Asteroid 2012 BX34 was first detected on Wednesday and skimmed by Earth at about a fifth of the distance of the Moon. Astronomers assured everyone on Earth that there was no cause for concern, and that if it would have entered the atmosphere, it would not have survived. Despite not being a big threat, the asteroid did make a record as one of the top 20 closest asteroids to approach...

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2011-04-06 12:20:00

Astronomers from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland have found that a recently discovered asteroid has been following the Earth in its motion around the Sun for at least the past 250,000 years, and may be intimately related to the origin of our planet. Their work appears in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The asteroid first caught the eye of the scientists, Apostolos "Tolis" Christou and David Asher, two months after it was found by the WISE...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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