Skyscraper-sized asteroid will buzz Earth

Imagine a piece of rock the size of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper speeding through space 15 times faster the world’s fastest manned aircraft. Now imagine that piece of rock buzzing toward Earth on its way to making a nearby pass (and by “nearby,” we mean more than 11

This insane interstellar asteroid is like nothing we’ve ever seen

This rocks our world. 1I/2017 U1, or “Oumuamua,” is the first-ever confirmed interstellar object to visit our solar system – and its strange shape is truly from another galaxy. The asteroid was first spotted October 19 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope – part of NASA’s Near Earth Object

We’re a little less likely to die of an asteroid impact

Here’s a bit of good news: There are fewer “killer rocks” that could wipe out life as we know it. NASA and other space agencies around the world have spent decades tracking near-Earth asteroids to determine whether any could slam into our planet. All the while, astronomers have wondered how many

NASA, ESA conduct first test of asteroid warning system

A giant asteroid barely passed by Earth early Thursday morning, but the close call gave scientists the opportunity to finally test the system meant to warn us of an imminent collision. Asteroid 2012 TC4 flew past us at a distance of 27,000 miles – the farthest satellites from Earth’s atmosphere are

Asteroid to come “damn close’ to hitting Earth, expert warns

An asteroid the size of a house will come “damn close” to Earth on Thursday, an expert said. The space rock, dubbed 2012 TC4, is between 50 and 100 feet in diameter and is hurtling through space at about 16,000 mph — a whopping 4.5 miles a second, the Guardian reported. It is expected

NASA spacecraft swings by Earth on way to asteroid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s asteroid-chasing spacecraft is swinging by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex was on track to pass within about 11,000 miles of the home planet Friday afternoon — above Antarctica. It needs Earth’s gravity as a slingshot to

NASA will soon test its asteroid defense system

An asteroid will whizz by Earth on Oct. 12 without incident — and NASA intends to keep it that way. The asteroid, dubbed 2012 TC4, measures between 30 and 100 feet across – potentially making it larger than the 65-foot space rock that blew up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013. This

NASA’s going to crash a satellite into an asteroid

If you’re someone who lies awake at night in a cold sweat, holding your breath, worrying that an asteroid is going to hit the Earth and wipe out the world as you know it, your worries could soon be over. Soon, as in 10 years or so. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test

The end of days is all but inevitable

Earth is at “very high risk” of being hit by an asteroid large enough to have a “devastating” effect on humanity. That’s the ominous warning from the European Space Agency, which has spoken out to mark International Asteroid Day, June 30. “Sooner or later we will get … a minor or major