Asteroid: News

19 Sep 2023


Two massive asteroids to make close approach to Earth today

According to NASA, two asteroids, both of which measure well over 100 feet, are bound to make a close approach to Earth today.

07 Sep 2023


NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to return asteroid samples on September 24

Later this month, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will return to Earth, bringing back samples from an asteroid, called Bennu.

20 Aug 2023

Space News

Asteroid 2023 QR's high-speed encounter with Earth today

Asteroid 2023 QR, a member of the Apollo group of asteroids, is approaching Earth at a staggering speed of 75,165km/h.

19 Aug 2023


NASA reports a 220-foot wide asteroid hurtling toward Earth

NASA has issued a warning about asteroid 2023 PM1, which is hurtling toward Earth at a staggering speed of 66,860km/h.

AI algorithm uncovers hidden asteroid threat that was left undiscovered

An AI algorithm called HelioLinc3D recently discovered a 600-foot-wide asteroid, 2022 GN1, which had gone unnoticed until now.

21 Jul 2023


NASA's Hubble captures space rocks dislodged due to DART mission

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have more interesting findings on the DART mission that happened in September 2022.

After 2 asteroids yesterday, 3 more are approaching Earth today

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has tracked five asteroids hurtling toward Earth in the second half of July.

13 Jul 2023

Space News

NP to UQ3: Five asteroids headed our way this week

Five asteroids, ranging from 46 feet to as large as 890 feet, will make a close approach to our home planet in the coming days. Out of the five, two space rocks will head closer to us than the Moon.

26 Jun 2023


How NASA's OSIRIS-REx will return 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid sample

NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -Regolith Explorer) will bring back sample from an early solar system asteroid, called Bennu, this September.

22 May 2023


NASA shares details of 5 asteroids hurtling toward Earth today

As many as five asteroids, ranging from 36 to 300 feet, are headed in the direction of our home planet.

24 Mar 2023

Space News

Skyscraper-sized asteroid to cross between Earth and Moon's orbit tomorrow

An asteroid, large enough to wipe out an entire city, will cross between the Earth and Moon's orbit on March 25.

21 Feb 2023


Bridge-sized asteroid will come close to Earth today, warns NASA

A massive bridge-sized asteroid, dubbed VB 1993, will make a close approach to Earth today (February 21).

NASA's James Webb telescope "serendipitously" spots extremely small main-belt asteroid

Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), an international team of European astronomers has spotted an asteroid in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter.

30 Jan 2023


Asteroid's sudden Earth flyby calls for robust planetary threat detection

On January 26, a truck-sized asteroid zoomed past our home planet from pretty close by, fortunately causing no harm.

30 Jan 2023


NASA's Webb provides fresh insights into the ringed asteroid Chariklo

Scientists have been able to peer closer at a ringed asteroid named Chariklo by using the James Webb Space Telescope.

28 Jan 2023


Attention! This 120-feet asteroid may pose a threat to Earth

A gigantic 120-feet wide asteroid, dubbed 2023 BC, is heading toward the Earth.

27 Jan 2023


NASA's Lucy team picks new asteroid target for closer inspection

NASA's Lucy spacecraft now has a new asteroid target on its 4-billion-mile journey. The spacecraft is designed to probe some of the "mysterious" Trojan asteroids, which are thought to have originated from the outer solar system.

26 Jan 2023

Space News

Truck-sized asteroid to make "extraordinarily close approach with Earth" today

Asteroid 2023 BU, the size of a box truck, is estimated to make one of the closest approaches to our home planet, coming well within the orbit of geosynchronous satellites.

17 Jan 2023


NASA Psyche to launch in October: Facts about asteroid-probing mission

NASA's Psyche mission is now scheduled for launch in October. The space probe is built to explore a unique, metal-rich asteroid called Psyche 16 which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

05 Jan 2023


NASA's NEO Surveyor will look for the hardest-to-find asteroids

NASA is developing a space telescope called Near-Earth Object (NEO) Surveyor, that will look for asteroids and comets that serve as potential threats to our home planet.

05 Jan 2023


NASA's agenda for 2023: From OSIRIS-REX to Earth Information Center

NASA had an eventful 2022, headlined by the successes of the Artemis 1 and DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) missions.

31 Dec 2022

Space News

A 72-ft asteroid will approach Earth on January 1: NASA

A 72-feet wide asteroid called 2022 YR1 is heading toward the Earth.

29 Dec 2022

Space News

Quadrantids meteor shower 2023: How and when to watch

The Quadrantids meteor shower is considered one of the best annual meteor showers. However, unlike other meteor showers, the peak lasts only a few hours.

26 Dec 2022


NASA prioritizes asteroid defense; puts NEO Surveyor project into development

US space agency NASA is finally making defense from asteroids a priority.

17 Dec 2022


A nearly 100-ft asteroid is approaching Earth today, says NASA

A potentially hazardous 98-foot-wide asteroid, dubbed 2022 WU11, is approaching Earth today, as per NASA.

14 Dec 2022

European Space Agency

A 'Christmas asteroid' will pass by on December 15

An asteroid, smaller than the Statue of Liberty, is headed toward Earth and the ESA has announced a challenge to spot this "Christmas asteroid."

13 Dec 2022


An 88-ft asteroid is approaching the Earth today, says NASA

An 88-foot wide asteroid, dubbed 2018 XU3, is heading toward Earth. According to NASA, it will make a potentially hazardous approach to our planet today (December 13).

09 Dec 2022


220-feet asteroid will fly past Earth today, reveals NASA

A 220-foot Asteroid, called 2022 WP11, is headed toward Earth today.

29 Nov 2022

Space News

Geminid meteor shower 2022: Where and how to watch?

The Geminid meteor shower is considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers. The bright and fast meteors often appear to be yellowish.

27 Nov 2022


Asteroid threat! NASA warns of 3 rocks heading Earth's way

Three potentially hazardous asteroids have been detected and they are heading toward Earth today (November 27).

26 Nov 2022


A 65-foot asteroid is approaching Earth today, says NASA

A 65 feet wide asteroid, dubbed 2022 UD72, is traveling toward Earth.

20 Nov 2022


A 120-ft asteroid will come close to Earth today: NASA

A 120-foot wide asteroid, dubbed 2022 VR1, is heading Earth's way. It will make a dangerously close approach to our planet on Sunday (November 20), according to NASA.

19 Nov 2022


Alert! A 75ft asteroid is heading Earth's way, says NASA

A 75-feet asteroid, dubbed 2022 VO2, is heading toward Earth, according to NASA. It will come close to our planet on Saturday (November 19).

13 Nov 2022

Space News

Beware! A 48-feet asteroid is set on Earth's course today

A 48-feet asteroid, dubbed 2022 VL1, is hurtling toward Earth and will come terrifyingly close to our planet on Sunday, i.e., November 13.

12 Nov 2022


A hazardous 240-feet asteroid is approaching Earth today, warns NASA

A 240 feet wide asteroid, dubbed 2020 FC4, is set to come perilously close to Earth on Saturday, i.e., November 12.

01 Nov 2022

Space News

Scientists discover the largest 'potentially hazardous' asteroid in eight years

A team of astronomers at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile recently discovered three new near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) via the Victor M Blanco telescope.

30 Oct 2022


Asteroid alert! This space rock can cause serious damage today

NASA has confirmed that a small but potentially dangerous asteroid, dubbed 2022 UU8, is hurtling toward Earth on Sunday, i.e. October 30.

29 Oct 2022


This 2,500ft wide asteroid heading toward Earth is 'potentially hazardous'

A 2,500 feet wide asteroid, dubbed 2022 RM4, is set to make its closest approach to the Earth on November 1, 2022.

26 Oct 2022

Space News

Asteroid 2022 UU1 will cross Earth today; no harm likely

Asteroids appear to be in the best of moods lately. Just yesterday, a space rock whizzed past us and now another celestial object is headed our way.

25 Oct 2022


Asteroid 2022 UY1 zooms past Earth: Here are the details

Earth has had some close calls with asteroids in the last few months.

19 Oct 2022


NASA's spacecraft will 'deliver' asteroid sample on September 24, 2023

OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -Regolith Explorer) is the first NASA mission to bring back an asteroid sample to Earth.

14 Oct 2022


This house-sized asteroid can potentially destroy our homes

Asteroids are special. Can you believe that these space rocks with no particular direction or destination could be where water originated?

12 Oct 2022


NASA's DART mission successfully altered the asteroid's orbit forever

Here's the good news we have all been expecting. NASA has confirmed that the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) has succeeded in altering the path of its target, Dimorphos.

06 Oct 2022


Asteroid deflected by NASA's DART spacecraft leaves 10,000km trail

A week ago, NASA deliberately crashed a $324.5 million DART spacecraft into the Dimorphos asteroid to alter its trajectory.

28 Sep 2022


LICIACube delivers first images of DART's wild asteroid crash

NASA's DART mission was destined to die from the moment it was envisaged. On September 26 (September 27 for some), it met its fate after crashing into an asteroid.

27 Sep 2022

Space News

This bus-sized asteroid will come very close to Earth today

Earlier today, NASA flexed its planetary defense muscles by crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid. It seems that other asteroids did not receive the message yet.

27 Sep 2022


NASA's DART crashes into asteroid; completes first-ever planetary defense test

A $344 million spacecraft just crashed into a distant asteroid and changed its trajectory. No, this is not the story of a Hollywood movie about someone saving Earth from doomsday.

26 Sep 2022

Space News

NASA's DART spacecraft to crash into asteroid: How to watch?

Today is the day that NASA will finally find out whether it can protect Earth from unruly space rocks.

24 Sep 2022


How to watch NASA's DART mission through telescopes online?

NASA will open a new chapter in planetary defense on Monday at 7:14 pm EDT (4:44 am IST, Tuesday).

12 Sep 2022

Space News

NASA confirms a 310-feet asteroid will fly past Earth today

Asteroids seem to have developed a fascination toward Earth. US space agency NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has announced that a 310-feet wide asteroid called 2008 RW, will fly past the pale blue dot today.

10 Sep 2022

Space News

Watch out for this 140-feet asteroid headed Earth's way

Over the years, the NEOWISE (Near-Earth Object Wide Infrared Survey Explorer) project has hunted down several asteroids. It has now spotted a 140-feet space rock headed Earth's way.

09 Sep 2022


NASA warns of a 310-feet asteroid headed Earth's way

Earth cannot catch a break, it seems. After recording several hurtling asteroids in August, it looks like September won't be any different.

07 Sep 2022

Space News

#NewsBytesExplainer: How NASA will deflect asteroid by crashing DART spacecraft

How do we deal with an asteroid on course to hit the Earth? Well, one way is to change its direction.

05 Sep 2022

Space News

A 260-foot-wide asteroid will fly by Earth today, confirms NASA

The Earth's tryst with asteroids seems unlikely to end anytime soon.

30 Aug 2022

Space News

A 110-feet wide asteroid will fly past the Earth tomorrow

The Earth just cannot seem to catch a break. US space agency NASA has announced that a humongous, 110-feet asteroid called 2022 QZ6, will fly past the pale blue dot on Wednesday i.e. August 31.

27 Aug 2022

Space News

Asteroid parade: 5 airplane-sized rocks are headed Earth's way

August has been a busy month for Earth. Our planet's evasive skills were put to test by several asteroids this month.

18 Aug 2022

Solar System

Earth's water may have come from asteroids, claims Japanese probe

Water is one of the crucial factors that enable life on Earth. However, have you ever wondered how a once magma-covered Earth turned into the present 'Blue Planet'?

12 Aug 2022

Falcon 9

NASA's DART mission will try deflecting near-Earth asteroid next month

Have you ever been scared of news of asteroids hurtling toward Earth? Well, things are about to change for good as NASA's 'Double Asteroid Redirection Test' or DART is set to deflect an asteroid on September 26.

04 Aug 2022

Space News

Asteroid larger than two football fields whizzed past Earth today

When it comes to large asteroids flying past, Earth has been riding its luck lately. Our planet was at its evasive best again today when another massive asteroid zoomed past us at 9:53am IST.

20 Jul 2022

European Space Agency

China devising planetary defense mission in 2026; targeting near-Earth Asteroid

China is set to enter the planetary defense game by targeting the potentially hazardous asteroid 2020 PN1 in 2026.

09 Jul 2022


Why is near-Earth asteroid Bennu's 'soft surface' puzzling NASA scientists

Two years after its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collected samples from asteroid Bennu, NASA has revealed something astonishing about the asteroid's surface.

30 Jun 2022

European Space Agency

Riskiest asteroid known to humans won't hit Earth in 2052

The European Space Agency (ESA) has some great news for us on this year's asteroid day - the 2021 QM1 asteroid has been removed from the agency's risk list.

16 Mar 2022

Space News

Astronomers discovered asteroid just two hours before it hit earth

The fifth asteroid ever discovered before colliding with Earth crashed near Iceland on March 11.

02 Nov 2020

Solar System

Psyche: Why are scientists so interested in this $10,000-quadrillion asteroid?

A new study has found that an Asteroid in our solar system, Asteroid 16 Psyche, could be made entirely of metal and is worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion.