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Asteroid gets caught changing colours for the very first time

Asteroid’s aren’t supposed to leave two trails of dust behind them — and neither were they supposed…

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The asteroid NASA just landed on turns out to be hollow, with a large 'void' at its center. It may be spinning itself to death.

NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft orbited asteroid Bennu for two years, monitoring pebbles flying off of…

Morgan McFall-Johnsen   


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Apophis, the ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid is speeding up — increasing the likelihood of it hitting Earth in 2068

This is when the asteroid speeds up because its thermal radiation is no longer uniform. Simply p…

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An Eiffel Tower-sized asteroid is about to whiz by Earth. When it returns in 8 years, it could cross paths with our satellites.

On Friday night, the asteroid Apophis will pass by Earth. When it returns in 2029, its orbit may pu…

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The Earth did not get its water from asteroids — it may have had it all along

The prevailing theory on how the Earth got its water is that the planet was born dry and water was …

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Japan has completed its 3-billion-mile mission to collect dust from an asteroid. Photos show the prize falling into Australia like a fireball.

The world now has its first asteroid samples. A Japanese spacecraft bombed asteroid Ryugu to collec…

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A NASA spacecraft just landed on an asteroid to suck up rocky dust to bring back to Earth. Here's how the mission works.

NASA's Osiris-Rex could find ingredients for life on an asteroid that might crash into Earth. But t…

Morgan McFall-Johnsen   


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Elon Musk says we have no defence against asteroid ‘God of Chaos'

Apophis, also known as the 'God of Chaos' asteroid, will be making its way to Earth in ten years. …

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Supermassive black hole bigger than 7 billion Suns is spinning so fast that it's close to breaking the laws of physics

Chandra’s X-ray data showed that M87 was spinning between 2.4 to 6.3 times faster than the speed of…

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Why Japan is landing hopping robots on an asteroid

The rovers have already achieved their first hop. Now, this may be the first time Japan has landed …

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The Hubble telescope caught an asteroid ripping itself to pieces due to the 'YORP effect'

The effect is something like a parent swinging a kid around by her arms; once the parent rotates fa…

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A 1,100-foot-wide asteroid is on course to pass by Earth in a decade

Davide Farnocchia, an astronomer at JLP's Center for Near Earth Objects Studies said: "We already k…

Rebecca Speare-Cole   


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A 'potentially hazardous' asteroid bigger than Earth's tallest skyscraper is about to fly near our planet

"We have been tracking this asteroid for over 14 years and know its orbit very accurately," Paul Ch…

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This space probe is almost ready to sample an asteroid - and resolve a mystery of life's origins

This is closer than most asteroids, but the spacecraft likely won't reach Bennu until 2019. After i…

Kelly Dickerson   


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NASA just filmed a 'potentially hazardous' asteroid flying near Earth, and it may be 2 times bigger than thought

A "planetary defense" mission may sound like the plot of a science fiction blockbuster, but NASA is…

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Astronomers Spot A Never-Before-Seen Comet-Like Thing In The Sky

Comets, on the hand, are typically made of ice, dust, and rock. When comets gets close to the sun, …

Dina Spector   


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Astronomers have filmed a giant peanut-shaped asteroid flying through space - but one day it just might strike Earth

A "planetary defense" mission may sound like the plot of a science fiction blockbuster, but NASA is…

Dave Mosher   


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The mystery of how the moon formed is still puzzling scientists. The secret could lie deep within our planet.

Scientists have several theories for how the moon first formed. The leading hypothesis involves a m…

Marianne Guenot   


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Jeff Bezos wants a solar system with a trillion people, a thousand Einsteins and Mozarts, and 37,000 active serial killers

Jeff Bezos's dream for the solar system includes one trillion human inhabitants. But he made one cr…

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