asteroid News

Water found in samples from asteroid Itokawa

Itokawa is a peanut-shaped asteroid about 1,800 feet long and 700 to 1,000 feet wide. It circles the Sun every 18 months at an average distance of 1.3 times the Earth-Sun distance.

NASA to conduct asteroid impact 'mock drill'

NASA, along with its international partners, is set to conduct a mock exercise that will play out a realistic -- but fictional -- scenario for an asteroid on an impact trajectory with Earth.


Asteroid Bennu rotating faster over time: Study

Scientists say that Asteroid Bennu is spinning faster over time. The observation may help understand the evolution of asteroids and their potential threat to Earth.

Evidence of water discovered in 17 asteroids

The observations detected absorption, which were attributed to hydrated minerals for 17 C-type asteroids.

NASA’s Osiris-Rex arrives at asteroid Bennu: What you should know about it

Bennu, discovered in 1999, is a carbon-rich, almost black asteroid, about 1,600 feet wide. Scientists believe that it is a conglomeration of leftovers from the formation of the solar system, largely unchanged over the last 4.5 billion years.

Scientists identify 4 extremely young asteroid families

The researchers dated the families using a numerical simulation method to process current data to go back in time to the asteroid formation era.


Interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua' behaves like comet: Scientists

New research by NASA scientists have used data from the Hubble Space telescope, and found that Oumuamua may be a comet, and not an asteroid.

NASA unveils program aimed at preventing an asteroid apocalypse

NASA seems to have created a blueprint in preparation for the possibility of an asteroid hitting the Earth.

NASA: Tiny, Earth-bound asteroid disintegrates over Africa

The asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere at the high speed of 17 kilometres per second at about 6:44 pm local Botswana time and disintegrated several miles above the surface.

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

Scientists have found that the asteroid that was responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs did not eliminate other life forms, as evidenced by various micro-organisms found along the crater of impact.