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asteroids

asteroid earth

Two schoolgirls spotted an asteroid headed straight for Earth

August 3rd, 2020

A newly-detected asteroid has been spotted by a pair of schoolgirls in India. The two teenagers found the asteroid in images collected by a telescope in Hawaii. The asteroid is currently orbiting near Mars, but that orbit will change and bring it within a close distance to Earth in roughly a million years’ time. When …

asteroid impact

Earth got blasted by asteroids 800 million years ago

July 22nd, 2020

An asteroid bombardment impacted both the Moon and Earth roughly 800 million years ago, new research suggests. By dating the craters on the Moon, researchers were able to estimate when the Earth-Moon system was nailed by an asteroid storm. The scientists believe the bombardment dramatically affected Earth and everything living here at the time. When …

asteroid test

NASA might accidentally create the first man-made meteor shower

May 14th, 2020

NASA’s DART mission will test the feasibility of redirecting an asteroid, but the debris it creates could generate the first-ever manmade meteor shower. The DART mission includes a spacecraft that will slam into one of the rocks that makes up the binary asteroid Didymos. A new study suggests we might see some of the debris …

asteroid photo

Here’s the surface of an asteroid like you’ve never seen it before

May 12th, 2020

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe snapped some gorgeous images of the surface of Ryugu. The photos show the color contrast of Ryugu’s surface, with the redder areas getting their color to an intense run-in with the Sun at some point in the asteroid’s past. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The Japanese space agency JAXA sent …

asteroid flyby

A newly-discovered house-sized asteroid just zipped by Earth

April 16th, 2020

An asteroid up to 100 feet in diameter passed closely by Earth early on Wednesday morning. The space rock named 2020 GH2 came closer to the Earth than the distance between the Earth and the Moon, making it a rather close call. The object is now being tracked by scientists. Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

asteroid defense

Here’s how MIT wants to save Earth from killer asteroids

February 20th, 2020

If science fiction movies have taught us anything, it’s that saving Earth from a killer asteroid is going to take some big drills and probably nuclear weapons. Thankfully, if a particularly large space rock ever were to threaten Earth, our plan of attack would probably be a bit more level-headed. That is, as long as …

ai asteroids

NASA missed these 11 dangerous asteroids, but an AI caught them

February 18th, 2020

There are lots and lots of space rocks hanging out in our solar system. Most of them will never pose a threat to our planet, but a very tiny percentage will indeed come close. Inevitably, Earth will be on a collision course with a dangerous asteroid at some point in the future, and identifying the …

jupiter asteroids

Jupiter keeps flinging space rocks at Earth

January 9th, 2020

Jupiter has long been credited with protecting the inner solar system from pesky asteroids and other objects that could potentially cause a problem for us here on Earth. That theory has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and some researchers are now arguing that the opposite is actually true, and that the mighty gas …