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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Newly-discovered asteroid could strike Earth within decades

October 11th, 2019

As technology advances, scientists have become more and more skilled at spotting potentially threatening objects in space. This is great news for the human race, but it also means that when we spot a distant space rock, we may not know just how much of a threat it really is for a long time to …

asteroid flyby

Pair of asteroids make early-morning passes of Earth

August 28th, 2019

If you’re reading this, the Earth is intact. That’s good news, since a pair of asteroids made some reasonably close approaches to our planet this morning. The rocks, named 2019 QS and 2019 OU1, both safely sped past Earth on their way around the Sun. Of the two rocks, QS is the smallest, measuring between …

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A huge asteroid hurtling toward Earth will fly by us next month

August 21st, 2019

Some astronomers have suggested that Earth is overdue for a large asteroid impact, and that we’re living on borrowed time until we can shore up our planetary defenses to protect us from a true “planet-killer” space rock. With a potentially mile-wide asteroid headed to our neck of the woods in September, that notion may be …

asteroid risk

Large asteroid has a tiny chance of hitting Earth in September

June 12th, 2019

Space groups like NASA and the ESA track a huge number of near-Earth objects on a daily basis, and many of them have a chance to make life miserable if they one day end up on a collision course with Earth. These “potentially hazardous” asteroids regularly pass Earth without issue, and the same will most …