Asteroid


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Refines Its Path to Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Refines Its Path to Asteroid Bennu

The spacecraft has successfully performed a second Deep Space Maneuver as it speeds toward asteroid rendezvous...

Jul 7 2018, 1:44am CDT

Interstellar Object Oumuamua is a Comet, Not an Asteroid

Interstellar Object Oumuamua is a Comet, Not an Asteroid

An unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory suggest that Oumuamua is a comet, rather than an asteroid...

Jun 29 2018, 4:37pm CDT

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Odd-Shaped Asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Odd-Shaped Asteroid Ryugu

The spacecraft will spend about 18 months studying the asteroid and return in 2020...

Jun 28 2018, 2:46pm CDT

ESA to Launch First Mission to a Binary Asteroid

ESA to Launch First Mission to a Binary Asteroid

The mission will examine the aftermath of NASA's DART impact to help determine whether it would be possible to deflect thr...

Jun 27 2018, 9:20am CDT

Japan's Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft is Getting Closer and Closer to Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft is Getting Closer and Closer to Asteroid Ryugu

The spacecraft, which is on its way to Asteroid Ryugu, is expected to bring back soil samples in 2020...

Jun 22 2018, 10:31am CDT

Only a Few Birds Survived the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Only a Few Birds Survived the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

The asteroid that killed dinosaurs also destroyed forests and bird species...

May 27 2018, 4:04pm CDT

First Immigrant Asteroid Discovered in our Solar System

First Immigrant Asteroid Discovered in our Solar System

Unlike other objects in our solar system, the interstellar asteroid orbits the sun backwards...

May 27 2018, 12:56pm CDT

Exiled Asteroid Discovered Beyond Neptune

Exiled Asteroid Discovered Beyond Neptune

New study reveals that object likely formed in the asteroid belt between Mars before being ejected into outer reaches of our so...

May 10 2018, 1:24pm CDT

No Signs of Alien Life Detected from Interstellar Asteroid

No Signs of Alien Life Detected from Interstellar Asteroid

The unusual object, known as 'Oumuamua, came from outside the solar system...

Apr 12 2018, 9:11am CDT

Toxic Flowers Killed Dinosaurs Long Before the Asteroid Strike

Toxic Flowers Killed Dinosaurs Long Before the Asteroid Strike

New theory suggests that dinosaurs were already drastically decreasing in population when the asteroid hit Earth...

Apr 7 2018, 1:34am CDT

First Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua came from Two-Star System

First Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua came from Two-Star System

The unusual, cigar-shaped interstellar object entered our solar system in October 2017...

Mar 22 2018, 9:42am CDT

Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua had a Violent Past, Study Says

Interstellar Asteroid Oumuamua had a Violent Past

The first confirmed object from outside the solar system has been tumbling around chaotically for billions of years...

Feb 17 2018, 4:24am CST

Where did Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Actually Come from?

Where did Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Actually Come from?

Scientists discover the origin of first interstellar object called Oumuamua...

Jan 6 2018, 11:48am CST

Skull-Shaped Halloween Asteroid Returning to Haunt Earth in 2018

Skull-Shaped Halloween Asteroid Returning to Haunt Earth in 2018

Space experts reported that the skull shaped asteroid will be returning to pass Earth in its orbit after it was first discovere...

Dec 22 2017, 3:43am CST

First Interstellar Asteroid has an Incredibly Odd Shape

First Interstellar Asteroid has an Incredibly Odd Shape

New data reveal that the newly discovered asteroid is a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue...

Nov 24 2017, 5:36pm CST

Asteroid That Flew Past Earth This Week may Struck our Planet in 2079

Asteroid That Flew Past Earth This Week may Struck our Planet in 2079

The latest encounter gave experts a rare opportunity to "rehearse" for a real strike threat in future...

Oct 15 2017, 2:40am CDT

Large Asteroid to Fly Past Earth in September

Large Asteroid to Fly Past Earth in September

The encounter on September 1 is the closest for an asteroid of this size...

Aug 19 2017, 9:17am CDT

NASA will Crash a Spacecraft into an Asteroid - On Purpose

NASA will Crash a Spacecraft into an Asteroid - On Purpose

The space agency is aiming to redirect the course of a small asteroid by hitting a spacecraft...

Jul 7 2017, 1:12pm CDT

Asteroid Collision may have Shifted Saturn Moon’s Poles

Asteroid Collision may have Shifted Saturn Moon’s Poles

Shift in spin axis helps to explain why Enceladus' north and south poles appear quite different....

May 31 2017, 4:03pm CDT

NASA to Visit Giant Metal Asteroid Psyche in 2022

NASA to Visit Giant Metal Asteroid Psyche in 2022

NASA's robotic spacecraft will be sent to unique metal asteroid a year ahead of schedule...

May 26 2017, 10:26pm CDT

Dinosaurs Could Still be Alive if Killer Asteroid Hit 30 Seconds Later, Scientists Claim

Dinosaurs Could Still be Alive if Killer Asteroid Hit 30 Seconds Later, Scientists Claim

Researchers estimate that if the asteroid travelling at 40,000mph had arrived a few seconds sooner or later, it could have land...

May 15 2017, 2:38pm CDT

Landslide on Asteroid Ceres Resembles The Simpsons' Character Bart

Landslide on Asteroid Ceres Resembles The Simpsons' Character Bart

Researchers have found that Ceres contains massive landslides similer to those seen on Earth...

Apr 18 2017, 2:34pm CDT

Near-Earth Asteroid Will Fly Closest to Earth Tomorrow

Near-Earth Asteroid Will Fly Closest to Earth Tomorrow

A pretty large asteroid earning the moniker “The Rock” will follow a path at a safe distance from the earth after a time lapse...

Apr 18 2017, 9:07am CDT

Large Asteroid will come too close to Earth on April 19

Large Asteroid will come too close to Earth on April 19

The asteroid will fly safely past the Earth during close encounter this month...

Apr 10 2017, 12:51am CDT

How a Wrong-way Asteroid Avoids Colliding with Jupiter

How a Wrong-way Asteroid Avoids Colliding with Jupiter

For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the "wrong" way around the Sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken to...

Mar 30 2017, 2:50am CDT

World's Tallest Skyscraper Hangs From an Orbiting Asteroid

NYC Firm Plans to Hang World's Tallest Skyscraper From an Orbiting Asteroid

An ambitious scheme to have a skyscraper hanging from an asteroid orbiting our planet has been revealed....

Mar 29 2017, 2:07am CDT

World's Tallest Skyscraper Hangs From an Orbiting Asteroid

World's Tallest Skyscraper Hangs From an Orbiting Asteroid

An ambitious scheme to have a skyscraper hanging from an asteroid orbiting our planet has been revealed....

Mar 28 2017, 1:14pm CDT

Asteroid Passed So Close to Earth It was Inside the Ring of Nearby Satellites

Asteroid Passed So Close to Earth It was Inside the Ring of Nearby Satellites

At its closest point, the asteroid known as 2017 EA was 20 times closer than the Moon...

Mar 5 2017, 10:42pm CST

A Peanut-Shaped Asteroid Could Crash into the Earth

A Peanut-Shaped Asteroid Could Crash into the Earth

Recently discovered asteroid resembles a large peanut that may one day strike the earth...

Feb 15 2017, 7:03am CST

NASA Captures Images of Asteroid that Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice

NASA Captures Images of Asteroid that Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice

The asteroid designated 2017 BQ6 safely flew past Earth on Feb. 6...

Feb 13 2017, 6:58am CST

A Bus-Sized Asteroid Passed Near Earth

A Bus-Sized Asteroid Passed Near Earth

Recent news shows that on Thursday Feb 2, a bus size asteroid traveled between earth and moon at around 3:25 p.m. EST (2025 GMT...

Feb 6 2017, 4:47am CST

NASA Plans Mission to Study $10000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid 16 Psyche

NASA Plans Mission to Study $10000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid 16 Psyche

NASA will send its spacecraft in 2023 to study 16 Psyche- metal asteroid worth quadrillions...

Jan 20 2017, 2:09pm CST

Darkness and Cold Killed the Dinosaurs After Asteroid Impact

Darkness and Cold Killed the Dinosaurs After Asteroid Impact

It seems to be the case that pitch black darkness and low temperatures annihilated the dinosaurs....

Jan 17 2017, 5:30am CST

2017 AG13 Asteroid Passed Closed to Earth

Giant Asteroid Passed Closed to Earth

A massive asteroid passed across earth about half the distance closer than the moon....

Jan 10 2017, 5:00am CST

NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Will Explore Metal Asteroid Psyche

NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Will Explore Metal Asteroid Psyche

NASAs Psyche spacecraft will explore 16 Psyche asteroid that looks like a huge, shiny metal ball in space...

Jan 7 2017, 6:55am CST

Killer Asteroids? The White House Has a Plan

Killer Asteroids? The White House Has a Plan

At the end of the year,  the White House very quietly released its Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy. The document i...

Jan 6 2017, 11:23am CST

6-Foot Wide Asteroid is the Smallest Ever Found

6-Foot-Wide Asteroid is the Smallest Ever Found

The tiniest asteroid can help understand parent bodies from which meteorites originate...

Dec 2 2016, 2:25pm CST

How the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impacts Produced Chicxulub Crater

How the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impacts Produced Chicxulub Crater

Scientists studying the Chicxulub crater say that they can now describe in detail that how the asteroid that destroyed the dino...

Nov 18 2016, 5:04am CST

NASA Mission Tests Thrusters on Journey to Asteroid

NASA Mission Tests Thrusters on Journey to Asteroid

The US space agency has successfully maneuvered its spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu, fine-tuning its trajectory to reach it...

Oct 10 2016, 2:20am CDT

NASA Launches OSIRIS-REx to Collect Asteroid Dust

NASA Launches OSIRIS-REx to Collect Asteroid Dust

NASA has sent a mission to stop a potentially dangerous asteroid. While the danger is in name only, it nevertheless exists....

Sep 9 2016, 12:11pm CDT