Asteroid Approaching!

     An asteroid the size of a house is set to give Earth a close shave, and you can watch part of the space rock’s approach live online this evening (Oct. 11). By Mike Wall 10-11-17 The astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a webcast at 8 p.m. […]

100-Foot Asteroid to Buzz Earth

By NASA2-2-16      […] During the upcoming March 5 flyby, asteroid 2013 TX68 could fly past Earth as far out as 9 million miles (14 million kilometers) or as close as 11,000 miles (17,000 kilometers). The variation in possible closest approach distances is due to the wide range of […]

NASA’s New Planetary Defense Office Protecting Earth

By Leonard DavidSPACE.com2-1-16 PDCO will synchronize U.S. efforts and coordinate with international agencies to deal with large asteroids and comets on a collision course with Earth      In early January, NASA announced the establishment of a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), which will synchronize U.S. efforts to deal with […]

‘NASA Has Been … Planning For Planetary Defense For Some Time’

NASA Office to Coordinate Asteroid Detection, Hazard Mitigation By Jet Propulsion Laboratory1-7-16      NASA has formalized its ongoing program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) as the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). The office remains within NASA’s Planetary Science Division, in the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. […]

Huge Asteroid Skirts Earth On Christmas Eve | PHOTOs

These images of an asteroid that is at least 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) long were taken on Dec. 17, 2015, (left) and Dec. 22 (right) by scientists using NASA’s 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California. This asteroid, named 2003 SD2020, will safely fly past Earth on Thursday, […]

Bus-Size Asteroid Buzzes Earth (12-19-15)

This size comparison shows the size of asteroid 2015 YB as compared to professional soccer player Lionel “The Flea” Messi. Credit: Slooh Community Observatory By Mike WallSpace.com12-19-15      A newly discovered asteroid the size of a city bus gave Earth a close shave this morning (Dec. 19), zipping well […]