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Wednesday, 29 April 2009 23:50

Australian student Mick Todd finds new asteroid

Mick Todd, a student at Curtin University of Technology, discovers new asteroid (“Asteroid 2009 FH19”) while searching for potentially dangerous near-Earth objects using the University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope.

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Saturday, 14 March 2009 04:13

Red Alert: Space junk almost hits Space Station

On Thursday, March 12, 2009, NASA ordered International Space Station crewmembers to abandon the Station and hole up in the Soyuz capsule that was docked to the Station for just these types of emergency situations. Several pieces of space debris (junk) were heading toward them, and a collision was possible.

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Andrea Milani and his team of professional asteroid hunters have upgraded the probability that Asteroid 1999 RQ36 could hit the Earth between the years 2169 and 2199.

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Monday, 26 January 2009 19:59

2009 BD: Curious cosmic clump co-orbits Earth

A curious asteroid flew past Earth on Sunday, January 25, 2009. What is strange and curious about this asteroid called 2009 BD is that its orbit is almost identical with the orbit of Earth.

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Saturday, 06 December 2008 04:18

Do we need a global policy for Near Earth Asteroids?

According to the members of the Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation, yes, we need an international strategy. They have compiled a report about the need for a global response to the threat of Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs).

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Tuesday, 07 October 2008 06:42

Watch out Africa: Space rock heading your way

NASA announces that before dawn Tuesday, October, 7, 2008, a small asteroid will produce an early brilliance over the morning sky of northern Sudan.

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Saturday, 06 September 2008 21:08

ESA Rosetta snaps pixs of diamond-shaped Asteroid 2867

The European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta made a successful flyby of Asteroid 2867 Šteins at approximately 18:58 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on Friday, September 5, 2008, coming within 500 miles (800 kilometers) of the asteroid.

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Astronomers discovered asteroid 2008 BT18 earlier in 2008, thought it was a giant rock hurling through space near Earth, but now have found out that it is, actually, two asteroids--what astronomers call a binary asteroid.

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On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, The Planetary Society, based in Pasadena, California, U.S.A., announced the winners of its $50,000 Apophis Mission Design Competition.                
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Going from a 3.6% chance to a zero chance of hitting Mars, Asteroid 2007 WD5 raced by the Red Planet without a collision, coming within about 13,700 miles of the planet. Also, Asteroid 2007 TU24 passed by Earth, a day earlier, on January 29, 2008, without any problems.      
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Backyard astronomers will get a chance to see a close-approach of an asteroid to Earth on January 29-30, 2008.            
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NASA’s Stardust mission to Comet Wild 2 back in 2004, in which samples were returned to Earth, are now being analyzed by astronomers. They are surprised because the comet looks more like an asteroid: calling it an asteroid-like comet.      
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After several updates during the past few weeks concerning the estimated trajectory of asteroid 2007 WD5 as it approaches the planet Mars, scientists are now: “effectively ruling out the possible collision with Mars” on January 30, 2008.       
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The trajectory of asteroid 2007 WD5 as it nears Mars is being better estimated by astronomers here on Earth. As of January 8, 2008, it is expected to miss the Red Planet by about 18,641 miles (30,000 kilometers).          
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A new U.S. study has found complex organic molecules, tholins, in the dust cloud around the star HR 4796A. The important conclusion of these researchers is that this discovery provides good evidence that living organisms are common throughout planetary systems.            
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Friday, 04 January 2008 19:16

Update on asteroid hitting Mars: Now 1-in-28

The chance that asteroid 2007 WD5 will hit the planet Mars on January 30, 2008, has been slightly reduced from 1-in-25 (4%)  to 1-in-28 (about 3.6%) based on observations at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.            
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Thursday, 03 January 2008 19:30

Quadrantid meteor shower: January 3-4, 2008

The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to produce a brief-but-intense number of meteors between the hours of 9:00 p.m. Thursday night to 2:00 a.m. Friday morning (0200 UTC and 0700 UTC) over the Northern Hemisphere.
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One week ago the chance of Mars getting smacked by 2007 WD5 asteroid was 1 out of 75. Based on historical data of the asteroid’s path, that possibility of a collision has been raised to 1 out of 25, or four percent.
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A Sandia supercomputer has found that the space body causing the Tunguska explosion, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres and thousands of animals, in Siberia in 1908 was 3-4 times smaller than what first thought. Humans should pay attention to these smaller space bodies for the sake of millions of lives.           
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According to NASA research scientists, an asteroid has a 1-in-75 chance of hitting the planet Mars on January 30, 2008.              
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