Asteroid

  • 1,000-feet wide 'beast' asteroid to pass by Earth on June 8 June 8, 2014

    California: A 1,000-feet wide "beast" at a speed of 50,400 km per hour - that could wipe out an entire city - will come within a range of a million miles of earth on Sunday. The asteroid will, however, safely pass earth from a distance of 1.25 million kms -...
  • Asteroid will pass by Earth on Wednesday: NASA March 5, 2014

    New Delhi: An asteroid will safely pass Earth on Wednesday - closer than the distance from Earth to the moon. It happens about 20 times a year. This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across. Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 2,17,000...
  • Nuclear bombs can destroy killer asteroids in space February 16, 2014

    New York: Asteroids that pose a threat to Earth can be destroyed in space using a nuclear bomb, even with warning times of a week or less, scientists say. "We have the solution, using our baseline concept, to be able to mitigate the asteroid-impact threat, with any range of warning," said...
  • Large asteroid not likely to hit Earth in 2032: NASA October 20, 2013

    A newly discovered 1,300-foot-wide asteroid that buzzed past Earth last month will likely return in 2032, but the chances that it will hit our planet are very slim - just 1 in 63,000 - NASA has said. The asteroid 2013 TV135 made a close approach to Earth on September 16, when...
  • India Positive: Stories of dedication and hard work August 4, 2013

    In the age of homework, friends and games, two students of class VII have different priority. Shourya Chambial and Gaurav Pati, aged 12, discovered asteroid and made a mark internationally. ...
  • NASA to launch mission to capture, redirect an asteroid June 26, 2013

    Bangalore: US' National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) will launch a space mission to capture and redirect an asteroid into an orbit closer to earth to enable its astronauts to visit it, a top space official said on Tuesday. "As part of our new initiative, we are going to launch a...
  • Giant asteroid swinging by the Earth today has its own moon May 31, 2013

    Washington: Astronomers getting their first close-up glimpse of a giant asteroid about to whiz by Earth found a surprise bonus rock. A smaller moon asteroid is circling the larger space rock, an unusual but not unheard of space phenomenon. The larger 1.7 mile-wide rock named Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be the...
  • Private firms may travel to lunar surface: NASA report May 25, 2013

    London: A study of future human missions has indicated corporate researchers could be living on the moon by the time NASA astronauts head off to visit an asteroid in the 2020s. The study by Bigelow Aerospace, commissioned by NASA, shows "a lot of excitement and interest from various companies" for...
  • Gigantic asteroid to fly past Earth on May 31 May 19, 2013

    Washington: A gigantic asteroid will fly by Earth at the end of this month, making its closest approach for at least the next two centuries. On May 31, asteroid 1998 QE2, believed to be about 2.7 kilometres or nine Queen Elizabeth 2 ship-lengths in size, will sail serenely past Earth,...
  • NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer: Senator April 6, 2013

    Washington: NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday. The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts...
  • Large asteroid heading to Earth? Pray, says NASA March 21, 2013

    Cape Canaveral, Florida: NASA chief Charles Bolden has advice on how to handle a large asteroid headed toward New York City: Pray. That's about all the United States - or anyone for that matter - could do at this point about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a...
  • Asteroid Apophis may strike Earth in 2068: NASA February 26, 2013

    Washington: A 325-meter asteroid that will safely fly by the Earth in 2029 and 2036, may strike the planet in the year 2068, scientists have warned. However, the chances of 99942 Apophis striking the Earth are slim with impact odds being about 2.3 in a million, the article published on...
  • In a rarity, a meteorite hits Russia, an asteroid misses Earth by 17000 miles February 16, 2013

    Boston: An asteroid half the size of a football field passed closer to Earth than any other known object of its size on Friday, the same day an unrelated and much smaller space rock blazed over central Russia, creating shock waves that shattered windows and injured 1,200 people. Asteroid 2012 DA14,...
  • Google doodles asteroid 2012 DA14's Earth 'near miss' February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Google on Friday doodled the phenomenon of a small near-Earth asteroid - 2012 DA14 - that will pass very close to Earth on February 15. The NASA said on its website that it will be so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and...
  • Newly discovered asteroid to pass close by Earth tonight February 15, 2013

    An asteroid, the size of a small football field is to fly past Earth - closer than ever before - almost at a touching distance of just 27,000 kilometres. ...
  • Newly discovered asteroid to pass close by Earth today February 15, 2013

    Boston: A newly discovered asteroid about half the size of a football field will pass nearer to Earth than any other known object of its size on Friday, giving scientists a rare opportunity for close-up observations without launching a probe. At its closest approach, which will occur at 2:24 pm EST/1924...
  • 'Close' asteroid may miss Earth but could disrupt telecommunication February 12, 2013

    London: An asteroid due to whizz past the Earth this week could take out vital telecommunications satellites, scientists warn. They are sure there is no chance of the 45.7 metre wide space rock hitting the planet. However, there is a remote possibility that it could collide with one of more...
  • NASA mulls over dragging asteroid into moon's orbit January 3, 2013

    New Delhi: According to a new report from Newscientist.com, NASA is mulling over a proposal to capture an asteroid and drag it into the moon's orbit. The report states that researchers with the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California have confirmed the news that NASA is planning to build a...
  • Potentially hazardous asteroid to fly by earth tomorrow December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: An asteroid, listed as a potentially hazardous object, will pass in close proximity to the earth at noon on Wednesday. The space rock, however, poses no danger of impacting the earth. The asteroid "4179 Toutatis", will fly by earth at a distance of 69,31,175 km, N Sri Raghunandan...
  • Four Delhi schoolboys discover asteroids August 6, 2012

    New Delhi: In what is being considered a rare feat by experts, four schoolboys from Delhi have discovered two asteroids. Shubham Sharma and Mayank Sharma of DAV Centenary School, Paschim Vihar and young Astronomicans (amateur astronomer's wing of SPACE) Sahil Wadhwa and Akshay Gupta, who were part of two separate...
  • NASA trains astronauts to land on asteroid May 13, 2012

    London: In a space mission straight from the movie "Armageddon", astronauts are being trained to land on an asteroid, explore it for minerals and even destroy the object if it threatens the Earth. NASA wants humans to make contact with an asteroid up to three million miles away by the end...
  • New asteroid could hit earth in 2040: NASA March 1, 2012

    London: A new asteroid, identified by NASA, could potentially hit the earth on February 5, 2040, even though it is much smaller than the one - nine miles across - which wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The UN Action Team on near-Earth objects, which has taken note of...
  • Snapshot: Earth's close encounter with asteroid November 8, 2011

    This image made from radar data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico and provided by NASA/Cornell/Arecibo shows asteroid 2005 YU55. The asteroid, bigger than an aircraft carrier, will dart between the Earth and moon Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - the closest encounter by such...
  • Giant asteroid to brush past Earth November 8, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: A huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon on Wednesday morning, giving scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said. Earth's close encounter with Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will occur at 8:28 AM...
  • NASA identifies 90 pc of near-Earth asteroids September 30, 2011

    Los Angeles: A latest NASA survey on Thursday detected 93 per cent of the largest near-Earth asteroids, which reduced the risk of an unwarranted impact with Earth. The findings indicated that there were significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought, roughly about 19,500. Astronomers, however, said that more...
  • Indian students track down asteroids September 2, 2011

    New Delhi: A bunch of Indian students have left their mark on the Solar System as they have tracked down some extremely rare asteroids. The kids might look like average teenagers. But the truth is, they're special agents on a mission to Space. The students of Bal Bharti School were among...
  • Delhi students discover new asteroid August 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Two Delhi students have made history by discovering a new asteroid as part of a unique astronomy project connected to US space agency NASA. The duo will also get an opportunity to name the asteroid. Vaibhav Sapra and Sharanjeet Singh, Class 12 students of Bal Bharati Public School in...
  • China has a plan to avoid asteroid collision? August 19, 2011

    Beijing: A group of Chinese scientists have proposed a method to prevent the possible collision of Apophis - a 46-million-tonne asteroid - with the Earth in 2036. The asteroid - which is 270 metres in diameter - will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000 km in 2029. In 2036, Apophis...
  • Small asteroid swings harmlessly past Earth June 28, 2011

    Los Angeles: Whew, that was close. An asteroid the size of a tour bus streaked harmlessly past Earth on Monday, passing within 7,600 miles. Discovered only last week, the relatively small space rock made a hairpin turn around the planet at about 10 a.m. PDT, sailing high over the southern Atlantic...
  • Asteroid to swing past Earth today June 27, 2011

    It's going to be a close encounter as an asteroid as big as a bus is hurtling towards Earth, but it will have no deep impact as it's expected to burn up in the atmosphere. ...