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Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites – CNET

Space rock block party! ESA Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth.  Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit — and hardly anyone noticed.  Asteroid 2018 BD flew by our planet at a distance of about 22,000 miles (35,406 km) at 7:43 a.m. PT, just seven hours after being discovered via the Catalina Sky…

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Correction: Science Says-Meteor story

In a story Jan. 17 about meteors, The Associated Press reported erroneously the size of asteroids that scientists hope to be able to deflect from Earth’s path in the future. They want to have a defensive system for asteroids larger than 165 feet (50 meters), not 30 miles (50 kilometers). A corrected version of the story is below: Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The fireball that streaked through…

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Will Asteroid 2018 AJ hit Earth? NASA warns space rock on uncertain path with planet Earth

Asteroid 2018 AJ was discovered by NASA on January 5.  Measuring 39 metres wide, the asteroid would undoubtedly cause death and destruction if it were to hit a city or closely-populated area. An 18-metre asteroid that hit the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013 exploded with the force of 500,000 tonnes of TNT. About 1,500 were injured after glass shattered on hundreds of buildings.  Will Asteroid 2018 AJ hit earth? NASA admits it is not certain of 2018 AJ’s path at the moment. It has given the asteroid a…

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REVEALED: Origins of MYSTERIOUS cigar-shaped alien asteroid that baffled Stephen Hawking

The unusual object which is called an interstellar, first shot past Earth in October and caused excitement that it may be an alien space ship. Scientists including Stephen Hawking have been baffled by the asteroid. The Breakthrough Listen project announced in December they were planning on conducting more tests on the strangely shaped space object after the initial investigation revealed no sign of alien life. However, now Mr Feng thinks he may have discovered Oumuamua’s origins. He said: “My latest study gives us a glimpse of exactly where Oumuamua may…

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What is Asteroid 2018 AJ? When will it pass terrifyingly close to earth?

NASA detected the previously unseen asteroid, which measures as big as a seven-storey building, on January 5. Named 2018 AJ, the 39 metre-wide asteroid will fly past Earth at 12,300 miles an hour. It will bypass at a 4.7 lunar distance away – one lunar distance equals 238,000 miles. That means the asteroid will pass at about 1.1 million miles from earth, a close miss by NASA’s estimate. The space agency monitors anything that comes within six million miles of our planet as a near earth asteroid (NEA). When will…

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Asteroid warning: Space rock as big as a HOUSE on ‘uncertain orbit’ to skim Earth in DAYS

The space rock had been invisible to astronomers until January 5, but scientists quickly calculated the asteroid, named 2018 AJ, will fly past Earth Tuesday, January 23. But NASA admits it is not yet certain of its orbital path. New asteroids are given a condition code of between 0 to 9 based on how certain astronomers are about its course. Zero means they are fairly certain, but 9 is classed as “highly uncertain”. It is currently believed it will pass at a comfortable 4.6 times the distance from Earth to…

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Space 

PSLV launch a milestone for India and several companies

WASHINGTON — The successful launch of an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Jan. 11 marked not just the return to flight of the rocket but also major achievements for several of the companies with payloads on board the vehicle. The PSLV lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Jan. 11, carrying a Cartosat-2 remote sensing satellite and 30 secondary payloads. All the payloads were successfully deployed into two low Earth orbits within two hours of launch. The launch was the first for…

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REVEALED: Scientists find ‘KEY CLUE to Alien life’ in meteorites that SMASHED into earth

GETTY Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco. Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed. A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water…

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Life on asteroids? Water and compounds essential for LIFE found on ancient meteorites

The research is based on the first ever comprehensive analysis of halite (salt-containing) crystals found within Zag and Monahans, two 4.5 billion-year-old rocks believed to have come from the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The study, published in Science Advances, appears to support data gathered in the recent years by Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft that suggests building blocks of life may be present on some of the neighbouring asteroids, particularly Ceres, which is the largest object in the asteroid belt. An international team, including scientists from the…

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Speed of NASA’s newest machine will melt your brain – London to NYC in 28 seconds

By the end of this next sentence the astonishing satellite, which can top 430,000mph, would be over Greenland. And by the end of the article the mind-blowingly quick probe would be a significant way to reaching the Moon. The Parker Solar Probe is quite simply one of the most amazing machines ever built – by far the fastest thing on Earth and even 10 times faster than the average space-borne asteroid. The satellite is tasked with a 90MILLION mile suicide mission taking it to within just three million miles of…

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