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NASA says Apollo asteroid will pass Earth at a breakneck 27463 kmph today

NASA defines asteroids as ancient rocky, airless remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Through various experiments, scientists have known that while asteroids have the potential to cause catastrophic damage if they impact Earth, these objects can also become a resource hub. Space agencies keep a check on the orbits of these space rocks to avoid a potential collision scenario. They have also developed technology to track these space rocks in their orbits, and even…

NASA’s Asteroid Samples May Come from a Long-Lost Ocean World

Scientists are now inspecting snagged, bagged and tagged bits and pieces from asteroid Bennu, the cosmic mother lode delivered by NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security — Regolith Explorer mission.Known in acronymic astro-speak as OSIRIS-REx, that seven-year-long voyage brought home the goods via a sample return canister that came to full stop on Sept. 24, 2023, parachuting into a remote stretch of the Department of Defense's Utah Test and Training Range. Those specimens from afar…

Asteroid to pass Earth at a distance closer than the Moon, says NASA!

NASA uses its advanced space and ground-based telescopes such as the NEOWISE telescope, Pans-STARRS1, and Catalina Sky Survey to keep an eye on asteroids that have the potential to threaten Earth. Using this advanced tech, the US Space Agency has shed light on an asteroid that is set to pass Earth at a distance that is even closer than the Moon today, February 8. Know its speed, size, distance of approach, and other details, as per the US Space Agency. Asteroid 2024 CK1: DetailsThe asteroid, given the designation of…

NASA’s Asteroid Samples May Be Crumbs From an Ancient Ocean World

After months of frustration, NASA finally got the Bennu asteroid sample container open in January, revealing the large amounts of asteroid scooped up by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Now, a top member of the mission says the distant hunk of space rock may be a planetesimal—a planet’s building block—that once belonged to an ocean world.'More People Need to Know About This History': A Black Astronaut Speaks About Race and SpaceDante Lauretta, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona and principal investigator on the…

Asteroid Impact Near Berlin Reveals Rare Aubrite Treasures

Aubrite meteorite from asteroid 2024 BX1, photographed at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin by Laura Kranich, a Freie Universität MSc student and member of the Arbeitskreis Meteore, who participated in the search and found this meteorite near the village of Ribbeck, Germany. Credit: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin by Laura Kranic Jenniskens’ collaborators at the Museum für Naturkunde officially announced that the first examinations of one of these pieces with an electron beam microprobe prove the typical mineralogy and…

A ‘City Killer’ Asteroid Is About to Pass By Earth. Here’s How to Get a Look at It. : ScienceAlert

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has spotted a giant "city killer" asteroid flying toward Earth. And this afternoon, it will reach its closest approach to our planet, about 1.77 million miles away.For reference, the Moon is about 239,000 miles from Earth, so this asteroid will be 7.4 times as far from Earth as the Moon is.The speedy space rock is expected to be zipping along at about 41,000 mph and measures roughly 890 feet across, or roughly the size of a US football stadium, according to NASA.Experts sometimes call…

Seeds of life discovered in samples from asteroid Ryugu

Samples taken from the asteroid Ryugu contain traces of comet particles, which some researchers say could be the “seeds of life.” The samples were originally collected from Ryugu by Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission, which returned to Earth in 2020. Since then, scientists have been analyzing the samples to learn more about what the asteroid is made of.And, because asteroids are basically leftovers from the formations of our solar system, these samples can teach us a lot about the conditions of our solar system in its…

NASA Needs Ideas to Study Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Apophis

Asteroid 99942 Apophis is fast approaching our home planet for an uncomfortably close encounter in 2029. In order to prepare for the rare event, NASA is calling for ideas for low cost missions to rendezvous with Apophis, but the space agency already has a pair of asteroid probes ready to take on the task.This is the Coolest Galaxy S24 AI Feature That Few Are Talking AboutNASA is hosting a workshop on Wednesday, February 7 “on innovative approaches to conduct missions during the Earth flyby of the asteroid Apophis in…

“Potentially Hazardous” Stadium-Sized Asteroid Skims Earth in a Breathtaking Near Miss

A stadium-sized asteroid, designated 2008 OS7, will make its closest approach to Earth today. It will pass by at a distance of approximately 1,770,000 miles, a proximity considered remarkably close by astronomical standards. (Artist’s concept.) Credit: SciTechDaily.comIn an event stirring both excitement and a heightened sense of cosmic awareness among astronomers and the public alike, a stadium-sized asteroid, known as 2008 OS7, will make a close approach to Earth today, February 2, 2024. This asteroid, recognized for…