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Newfound Asteroid to Zip Past Earth Today

near-earth asteroid 2011 MD

A newly discovered asteroid should zoom past Earth June 27, posing no threat to the planet but significantly bending the orbital path of the asteroid [see orbital diagram at left]. The space rock, known as 2011 MD, was first detected on June 22 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project at a telescope [...]

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Which near-Earth asteroids are ripe for a visit?

Near-Earth asteroid Eros

In April 2010, amid mounting criticism that his space plan lacked direction, President Barack Obama gave a speech in Florida to lay out a few ambitious goals he had in mind for NASA. The details of how those targets would be met remain somewhat sketchy even today, but the goals themselves were clear—sometime around 2025, [...]

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Record-setting “near miss” of Earth dramatically shifted tiny asteroid’s orbit

Orbital diagram of asteroid 2011 CQ1 and its flyby of Earth

The solar system is littered with natural debris—asteroids, comets and pieces of the same that occasionally wind up in the steamrolling path of one of the planets. When a piece of debris encounters the friction of Earth’s atmosphere, it flares up as a meteor, or shooting star, and pieces of the object may survive the [...]

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Brian Marsden, longtime director of the Minor Planet Center, dead at 73

Brian G. Marsden, who as director of the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (MPC) was the official record keeper for most of the astronomical discoveries in the solar system in recent decades, died November 18, according to an obituary bulletin from the MPC. He was 73. The MPC, housed since Marsden took it over [...]

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