Asteroid

Asteroid, larger than the tallest structure in world, to skim past Earth next month

Asteroid, larger than the tallest structure in world, to skim past Earth next month

The space rock has been dubbed 2002 AJ129 and it's bigger than the half-mile tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai.

Jan 19, 2018, 11:55 AM IST
Scientists dazzled by solar system's first-known interstellar visitor

Scientists dazzled by solar system's first-known interstellar visitor

The findings suggest this unusual object had been wandering through the Milky Way, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system.

Nov 21, 2017, 17:46 PM IST
Here's how dinosaurs could have survived mass extinction

Here's how dinosaurs could have survived mass extinction

The impact of the asteroid caused a crater 180 km wide and heated organic matter in rocks and ejected it into the atmosphere, forming soot in the stratosphere.
 

Nov 11, 2017, 15:24 PM IST
Asteroid responsible for dinosaur deaths could help fight cancer

Asteroid responsible for dinosaur deaths could help fight cancer

Scientists have demonstrated that iridium a rare metal delivered to Earth by the asteroid can be used to kill cancer without harming healthy cells.
 

Nov 03, 2017, 20:57 PM IST
Asteroid behind extinction of dinosaurs also responsible for cooling Earth: Study

Asteroid behind extinction of dinosaurs also responsible for cooling Earth: Study

The study lends support to the hypothesis that the impact played a significant role in the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that eradicated nearly three-quarters of Earths plant and animal species

Nov 02, 2017, 17:47 PM IST
Small space object pays a visit to our galaxy

Small space object pays a visit to our galaxy

Observations are still underway and if so, then it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.

Oct 28, 2017, 13:59 PM IST
Small asteroid to zoom past Earth on Thursday, says NASA

Small asteroid to zoom past Earth on Thursday, says NASA

The asteroid is estimated to be 15 to 30 metres in size, and according to orbit prediction experts, it poses no risk of impact with Earth. 

Oct 11, 2017, 12:43 PM IST
Two-in-one! NASA's Hubble spots 'unusual' binary asteroid with features of a comet

Two-in-one! NASA's Hubble spots 'unusual' binary asteroid with features of a comet

Hubble was used to image the asteroid in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. 

Sep 21, 2017, 12:49 PM IST
NASA's asteroid-bound probe to approach Earth for gravity assist

NASA's asteroid-bound probe to approach Earth for gravity assist

Using the Earth as a slingshot, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer) will receive an assist to complete its journey to the asteroid Bennu.

Sep 02, 2017, 12:05 PM IST
Gigantic asteroid 'Florence' safely zooms past Earth

Gigantic asteroid 'Florence' safely zooms past Earth

This is the closest by this asteroid since 1890 and the closest it will ever be until after 2500.. 

Sep 01, 2017, 12:32 PM IST
Asteroid Florence to whizz past Earth at a safe distance on Septmeber 1, says NASA

Asteroid Florence to whizz past Earth at a safe distance on Septmeber 1, says NASA

The 2017 encounter is the closest by this asteroid since 1890 and the closest it will ever be until after 2500. 

Aug 18, 2017, 16:52 PM IST
House-sized asteroid to whizz past Earth on October 12; no threat to the planet, says ESA

House-sized asteroid to whizz past Earth on October 12; no threat to the planet, says ESA

Scientists expected the asteroid to return for a near-Earth rendezvous this year, but did not know how far.

Aug 11, 2017, 13:43 PM IST
Astronomers identify oldest asteroid family

Astronomers identify oldest asteroid family

The team also discovered a relatively sparse region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history. 

Aug 04, 2017, 19:08 PM IST
NASA to observe asteroid flyby to test planetary defense technology

NASA to observe asteroid flyby to test planetary defense technology

The goal of the TC4 campaign is to recover, track and characterise 2012 TC4.

Jul 30, 2017, 18:42 PM IST
NASA plans to save Earth by knocking asteroid off its orbit

NASA plans to save Earth by knocking asteroid off its orbit

The target for the first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defence -- the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) -- is an asteroid that will have a distant approach to Earth in October 2022, and then again in 2024, NASA said. 

Jul 09, 2017, 22:18 PM IST
Huge asteroid Apophis is coming to Earth – How safe are we?

Huge asteroid Apophis is coming to Earth – How safe are we?

Apophis asteroid will speed past Earth on April 13, 2029, at just 18,600 miles away – which is less than one-tenth the distance between the Earth and the moon.

Jun 29, 2017, 10:58 AM IST
World must be prepared for an asteroid strike, warns scientist

World must be prepared for an asteroid strike, warns scientist

Fitzsimmons was highlighting the threat for Asteroid Day, a global event on June 30, in which he also said that it is just a matter of time.

Jun 21, 2017, 14:02 PM IST
Risk of asteroid hitting Earth growing, warn astronomers

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth growing, warn astronomers

The astronomers, from the Czech Academy of Sciences, drew their conclusion after analysing 144 bolides - large meteors that explode in the atmosphere - from the Taurids and detecting a new branch with at least two asteroids measuring 200-300 metres (220-330 yards) in diameter.

Jun 07, 2017, 09:31 AM IST
NASA's Cassini probe reveals Saturn's icy moon 'Enceladus' may have tipped over

NASA's Cassini probe reveals Saturn's icy moon 'Enceladus' may have tipped over

According to latest research from NASA's Cassini probe, the moon's spin axis - the line through the north and south poles - has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body, such as an asteroid.

May 31, 2017, 11:44 AM IST
Close shave- Giant asteroid passes within one million miles of Earth

Close shave- Giant asteroid passes within one million miles of Earth

The asteroid, known as 2014 JO25, was about 1.1 million miles away from Earth - about 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the moon - when it passed by at about 8:30 a.m. E.S.T.

Apr 20, 2017, 09:28 AM IST