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  1. It's the closest astronomers have ever seen a space rock soar by without smacking into our planet. Close enough for a high-five...NASA An asteroid set a new mark on Friday for the closest pass by our planet without actually impacting. The space rock was discovered with the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System, or ATLAS, run by NASA and the University of Hawaii. It has been designated 2020 VT4, and it came within just 240 miles (386 kilometers) of Earth's surface on Friday. That's closer even than objects in low-earth orbit including the
  2. With all the large asteroids hitting the news lately, it would have been easy for a small one to sneak under the radar. In fact, one very nearly did. On April 27, astronomers discovered a new asteroid, a little pixie of a space rock between 4 and 8 metres (13 to 26 feet) across. It was already close to Earth at this point, and the probability of a collision was calculated at around 10 percent. At its size, it would have burnt up on atmospheric entry, so it posed no threat to humans anyway. But the asteroid's trajectory would bring it very close to the geostationary ring
  3. (guvendemir/iStock) Last Day of The Dinosaurs Revealed in Stunning Glimpse of Asteroid Disaster Sixty-six million years ago, Earth had a
  4. If you look back far enough into Earth's hazy, long-forgotten prehistory, things get weird. Like the battered face of the Moon, our own planet is covered in craters: a scarred legacy of millions of years of brutal, unforgiving asteroid impacts. What's weird, though, is once you look back about 300 million years, the evidence of this onslaught seems to almost disappear. For a long time, scientists assumed the comparative rarity of impact craters dating back beyond 300 million years ago on Earth was linked to erosion; environmental processes like weather or tectonic activi
  5. Japan probe sends ‘impactor’ to blast asteroid Japanese Space Probe Fires Bullet Into Asteroid to Collect Samples A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the Japanese space agency’s Hay
  6. An Asteroid-Smashing Star Ground a Giant Rock to Bits and Covered Itself in the Remains It was a crunch visible light-years away. An artist's illustration shows an asteroid cracking to pieces. (Image: © JPL-Caltech) Somewhere in the galaxy, a white dwarf star suddenly star
  7. Astronomers find an oddball asteroid entirely inside the orbit of Venus "Getting past the orbit of Venus must have been challenging." Enlarge / The Zwicky Transient Facility at Palomar Observatory in California. Caltech Optical Observatories Astronomers have found nearly 1 million asteroids in our Solar System, with the vast majority located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is far rarer to find asteroids with orbits closer to the Sun, and especially inside the orbit of Earth, due to Jupiter's grav
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