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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 …

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A pair of asteroids are about to whiz past Earth, but we’ll be fine

September 12th, 2019

One of the great things about having powerful observational tools to scan the heavens is that we have a good chance of spotting potential planet-killing asteroids before they actually get here. The other side of that coin is that scientists keeping an eye on possible threats have to sift through lots and lots of space …

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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 …