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Asteroid To Shave Passed Earth

Posted: March 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, NASA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Asteroid To Shave Passed Earth

Asteroid 2014 DX110An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage. Named 2014 DX110, the asteroid will be part of a rare class of objects that comes nearer than the moon, NASA says.

The space agency says it will shave by at around 7:00am aest tomorrow. “As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth closer than the distance from Earth to the moon,” NASA said on its website.

Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 350,000 kilometres, a bit closer than the average lunar distance of 385,000 kilometres. The asteroid is believed to be about 30 metres across. NASA discovered it as part of its asteroid tracking efforts, called the Near-Earth Object Observations Program :: More Asteroids »»»»



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Star Studded Line-up Announces Planetary Resources Asteroid Mining

Posted: April 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Engineered Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Star Studded Line-up Announces Planetary Resources Asteroid Mining

Planetary Resources Announces Asteroid MiningWhat do Larry Page, Sergy Brin, Eric Schmidt, Ross Perot, K Ram Shriram, James Cameron, Peter H. Diamandis and Cahrles Simonyi  have in common? Last week one may have surmised ‘Their Pubicist’. The group had the internet all wobbly over rumours that they we’re about to start-up an inter-planetary galactic mining company. The press release – bottom of this page – was all about combining space exploration with resource extraction made it all but obvious that somebody was going to announce some very ambitious plans surrounding asteroid mining. Turns out it’s not a new idea, just a press junket!  Planetary Resources has officially unveiled its plans to mine in space.

Planetary Resources – www.planetaryresources.com –  the 3 year old company whose backers include the above list of luminaries, used the  Museum of Flight  in Seattle, Washington to launch a bold plan to prospect on resource-rich asteroids in space not far from Earth :: Read the full article »»»»

Japanese Researchers Examine Asteroid Skin

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Astronomy, Cosmology, Michael Courtenay, Physics, Science, Technoid, Tecnoid | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Japanese Researchers Examine Asteroid Skin

Asteroid dust collected by a Japanese spacecraft – HAYABUSA – has given scientists their first look into the outer covering of an asteroid.

The asteroid explorer HAYABUSA – previously named Muses-C – was launched in 2003 by JAXA – Japanese Aerospace Agency – The craft succesfully rendezvoused with Asteroid 25143-Itokawa, located some 320 million km from Earth in 2005. Hayabusa successfully re-entered Earth’s atmosphere in June 2010. As Hayabusa burnt up she dropped her payload- a heat resistant capsule –  safely at Woomera in outback South Australia.

“Until now, asteroid exploration had been a one-way trip; however, the Hayabusa is a round-trip space mission. We’re now designing an improved next-generation space ship and are expecting the arrival of the Grand Navigation Era to the Solar System, such as a round trip to a main belt asteroid or to Venus, or a round trip via a deep space port” said project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi Read the full article »»»»

2011 MD, An Asteroids Near Miss

Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Astronomy, Blip, Buster Cookson, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2011 MD, An Asteroids Near Miss

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention to the news – There’s an asteroid hurtling toward Earth – astronomers clocked its top speed at around 63,000 mph / 101,000 kph. Ooops, you missed it!? An asteroid – named 2011 MD – with an estimated girth as large as a garbage truck has soared within 12,000 km of the Earth, passing harmlessly over the Atlantic Ocean.  The space rock, measuring 5 to 20 metres in diameter, followed the same near-Earth path that scientists had earlier predicted, looping around the planet in a boomerang-shaped trajectory, said DC Agle from NASA’s – JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Its nearest approach to Earth, about 12,000 km, was 30 times farther away than the International Space Station, which orbits the planet at a distance of 400 km. On a more celestial scale, the asteroid’s closest distance to Earth was just 3 per cent of the 400,000 kilometres separating the Earth from the moon.  If the asteroid had been on a collision course with Earth, the space rock would have been large enough and fast enough that it would have made it to the ground, said MIT planetary scientist Ben Weiss. “You’d end up with some sort of explosion and a decent-size crater,” he said. “You wouldn’t have wanted something like this to land in Manhattan.” Researchers with MIT’s Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research LINEAR program discovered the asteroid on June 22 and pegged its size between 20 feet (6.3 meters) and 46 feet (14 meters) wide. Although small by asteroid standards, 2011 MD was close enough for amateur astronomers to spot it with modest telescopes.

Asteroid 2011 MD is considered an Apollo-type asteroid, because its orbit is very similar to Earth’s yet longer in duration and more oval-shaped. Astronomers expect the space rock to swing by again in the future, perhaps more closely the next time around. Australian Astronomical Observatory’s Fred Watson says the closeness of 2011 MD is a reminder to people that events on Earth have the potential to be shaped by asteroids – “like the annihilation of the dinosaurs, t reminds people we live in an environment littered with debris of this kind, which is actually the leftovers of the solar system’s formation about 4.6 billion years ago”

“It alerts people to the fact we live in a dynamic environment and space is worth watching,  astronomers are keeping a close eye on an asteroid called Apophis, which will come very close to the Earth in 2029.

“It’s not impossible that something will collide with the Earth in the future, there are objects that we know will present a potential threat. In 2029 there is one that will pass very close to the Earth but probably won’t hit the Earth. But depending on how near the Earth it goes, it might be deflected into an orbit that will take it onto a collision course, probably in the 2030s.” said Watson.

Eyes to the sky people!?


Meteorite Older Than Earth Found at Australia’s Lake Eyre

Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Astronomy, Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Meteorite Older Than Earth Found at Australia’s Lake Eyre


Meteorite Older Than Earth via Curtin University

A meteorite estimated to be 4.5 billion years old has been recovered by Perth researchers from a remote part of Lake Eyre in outback South Australia. In a race against time, the geologists dug the 1.7-kilogram meteorite out just hours before heavy rains would have wiped away any trace of it.

The team from Curtin University had been trying to track the fall site since the meteorite was spotted by locals and five remote cameras in late November in the William Creek and Marree areas. But on New Year’s Eve, as heavy rains brewed a downpour, the team found their needle in a haystack. Read the full article »»»»