NASA scientists will be tracking space rock with antennas of the agency’s Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as it safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon’s orbit on November 8.
Since the discovery of its two moons, the triple asteroid Minerva has been the focus of space and ground-based telescope studies that have attempted to unravel the secrets of this intriguing system.
A team of amateur astronomers has discovered a previously unknown asteroid in orbit that brings it near the Earth. They can spotted the asteroid, which is known as 2011 SF108, in September by using a telescope in the Canary Islands.
A new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows a mountain almost three times as high as Mountain Everest, among the topography in the south polar region of the giant asteroid Vesta.
On December 12, 2010 with the asteroid Sheila (Scheila) happened something very unusual. During the short period since its appearance has changed – a comet’s tail appeared! Now an international team of scientists led by Fernando Moreno of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Granada, Spain, created a computer model that can explain this strange occurrence
According to new study meteorites that fell over Sudan in 2008 could have come from a space rock that was formed by a triple-asteroid pileup, a collision between three different types of space rocks.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft moved to much closer orbit of giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn began sending science data on September 29 from this new orbit, known as the high altitude mapping orbit (HAMO).
Small asteroid 2011 SM173 passed Earth at a safe distance of 180,000 miles (290,000 km or .8 lunar distance) on September 30,2011, the second space rock encounter for our planet this week.
New observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought.