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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...

New App Helps NASA Keep Track of Meteoroids
2011-12-14 13:10:39

[ Watch the Video ] Surprising but true: Every day, on average, more than 40 tons of meteoroids strike our planet.  Most are tiny specks of comet dust that disintegrate harmlessly high up in Earth's atmosphere, producing a slow drizzle of meteors in the night sky.  Bigger chunks of asteroid and comet debris yield dozens of nightly fireballs around the globe. Some are large enough to pepper the ground with actual meteorites. With so much "stuff" zeroing in on our planet, NASA...

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2011-10-21 04:19:58

Earth is about to pass through a stream of debris from Halley's comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower.  Forecasters expect more than 15 meteors per hour to fly across the sky on Saturday morning, Oct. 22nd, when the shower peaks. "Although this isn't the biggest meteor shower of the year, it's definitely worth waking up for," says Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office. "The setting is dynamite." Orionids are framed by some of the brightest and most...

Meteor Seen In Skies Over Arizona, Nevada and Southern California
2011-09-15 06:29:08

  Arizona, Nevada and Southern California residents got a brilliantly bright treat Wednesday night as a possible fragment of an asteroid entered Earth´s atmosphere and streaked across the southwestern sky, according to a NASA scientist, after dozens of eyewitness reports were taken. Residents from Phoenix to Las Vegas reported to local authorities and various media outlets that they had seen a bright light moving quickly across the night sky west to east at around 7:45 pm PDT...

NASA Called Upon to Create Plan For Dealing With Space Junk
2011-09-02 04:18:43

  While NASA has "responsibly" used its resources in detecting meteoroids and orbital debris, the growing amount of space junk and the danger it poses to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) requires additional funding for the U.S. space agency's detection and monitoring efforts, the National Research Council says in a new report. According to an article by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, officials involved with the report, which was commissioned by NASA, claim that...

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2011-08-15 09:45:00

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a sky watching ritual with star gazers and photographers out in abundance every year for the light show. There have been uncountable photographs of this event over the years, but a fresh take on this is now available. NASA astronaut Ron Garan found himself in a unique position for this annual show, above the meteor and looking down from the International Space Station (ISS) as the space rocks turned to flame and fell through the atmosphere. Garan makes...

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2011-08-09 13:11:10

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking around August 12 through the 13th, but this year it will have to pierce through the sky against a full Moon. The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years and is associated with the comet Switf-Tuttle. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. The rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour during the peak hours, and they...

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2011-03-01 10:41:30

By Dauna Coulter, Science @ NASA Every day about 100 tons of meteoroids -- fragments of dust and gravel and sometimes even big rocks "“ enter the Earth's atmosphere. Stand out under the stars for more than a half an hour on a clear night and you'll likely see a few of the meteors produced by the onslaught. But where does all this stuff come from? Surprisingly, the answer is not well known. Now NASA is deploying a network of smart cameras across the United States to answer the question,...

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2010-12-15 23:00:00

Scientists from all over the world are taking a second, more expansive, look at the car-sized asteroid that exploded over Sudan's Nubian Desert in 2008. Initial research was focused on classifying the meteorite fragments that were collected two to five months after they were strewn across the desert and tracked by NASA's Near Earth Object astronomical network. Now in a series of 20 papers for a special double issue of the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science, published on December 15,...

2010-12-15 18:56:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team of scientists studying remnants of an asteroid that crashed into the Nubian Desert in October 2008 discovered it contained at least 10 different types of meteorites. Some of them contained chemicals that form the building blocks of life on Earth, and those chemicals were spread through all parts of the asteroid by collisions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Chemists at Stanford...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Perseids Meteor Shower -- Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by comet debris. As comets enter the inner solar system, they are warmed by the sun and peppered by the solar wind, which produces the familar tails that stretch across the night sky when a bright comet is close to Earth. Comet tails are made of tiny pieces of ice, dust, and rock which are spewed into interplanetary space as they bubble off the comet's nucleus. When Earth encounters these particles on its...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Near-Earth Object -- Near-Earth Objects (NEO) are asteroids, comets and large meteoroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger. Due to their size and proximity, NEO's are also more easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth and are important for future scientific investigation and commercial development. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV (change in velocity) than the Moon. In the United States, NASA...

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