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Get Free Daily Alerts Of Close Asteroid Flybys

Like knowing what asteroid will be whizzing by Earth next? You’re in luck because now you can subscribe to the Daily Minor Planet, a brand new service that delivers daily reports on the latest asteroid happenings di-rect to your inbox. “Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are,” said Matt Holman, director of the Minor…
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Liftoff! Mission To Asteroid Bennu Begins Today: Watch It Live

Today NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launches for the  asteroid Bennu. This will be the first U.S. mission to sample a near-Earth asteroid and return the goods to Earth. The spacecraft is expected to lift off at 6:05 p.m. CDT today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and reach Bennu in 2018 after a multi-million mile journey. A daring…
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Close Encounters Of The 2016 RB1 Kind — Asteroid Dips Into Earth’s Space Tomorrow

A big rock’s going to fly over our heads tomorrow. At around 12:11 p.m. Central Daylight Time (17:11 UT) Sept. 7, asteroid 2016 RB1 will zip just 21,000 miles from the surface of the Earth. The object was only discovered just two days ago (Sept. 5) by the Catalina Sky Survey. Based on its distance and brightness,…
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Moon’s Black Eye Recalls A Realm Of ‘Lost Giants’

Looking through a telescope, the moon’s countless craters are the first thing that catches the viewer’s attention. Created by meteoric impacts, the bowl-shaped blasts attest to a much earlier and incredibly violent bombardment of the moon’s surface by millions of meteorites and small asteroids. Meanwhile the large, dark “eyes” of the Man in the Moon…
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Astronomers Discover Dwarf Planet 8 Billion Miles Past Pluto

Pluto’s got company. An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the Kuiper Belt of icy asteroids beyond Neptune. The new object is roughly 435 miles  (700 km) in size and has one of the largest orbits known for a dwarf planet. Called 2015 RR245, it was found using the…
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