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asteroid earth

NASA is about to send a spacecraft to steal rocks from an asteroid

September 19th, 2017

When it comes to studying samples of otherworldly material, scientists on Earth are in a bit of a bind. We’ve brought rocks back from the moon, and our Mars rovers take samples, process them, and then send the data back to us, but it’s pretty difficult to gather rocks from other celestial bodies. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx …

asteroid impact

Scientists rank all the ways an asteroid can kill you

April 19th, 2017

Tonight, a particularly large asteroid is going to cruise by Earth at its closest point in 400 years, and while we humans are going to be observing the flyby at a safe distance, there’s always a small twinge of doubt that whispers “what if…?” in the back of our minds. Scientists led by Clemens Rumpf …

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Watch a massive asteroid cruise by Earth live tonight

April 19th, 2017

Tonight is a big night for skywatchers thanks to the relatively close approach of a large asteroid called 2014 JO25. The rock is slated to make its closest approach to Earth later tonight, and thanks to some very excited stargazers you can catch a glimpse of it yourself right from your computer screen.