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NASA says a big asteroid will fly by Earth tomorrow, but don’t panic

NASA says a big asteroid will fly by Earth tomorrow, but don’t panic

NASA has announced another asteroid flyby, one that will take place tomorrow, June 6. The event is notable because the asteroid will come close to Earth, relatively speaking. That doesn't mean the planet is at risk, however -- the space agency says there's no need to panic because there's zero chance the asteroid will hit the planet. How does NASA know for sure?

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Dinosaur killing asteroid hit the Earth at the “deadliest possible” angle

Dinosaur killing asteroid hit the Earth at the “deadliest possible” angle

New computer simulations from Imperial College London have looked at the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. The simulations reveal that the asteroid that struck the Earth hit at the "deadliest possible" angle. Scientists say that the new computer simulations show that the asteroid hit the Earth at an angle of about 60 degrees, maximizing the amount of climate-changing gases thrown into the upper atmosphere.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA's ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission, which aims to collect a physical sample from the asteroid Bennu, finally has a date for the first touchdown attempt. Later this year, according to the space agency, its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touchdown at a previously determined location, collect some sample materials from the asteroid's surface, then return to space, eventually bringing that sample back to Earth.

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Hayabusa2 data is revealing secrets about Ryugu

Hayabusa2 data is revealing secrets about Ryugu

The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down briefly on the surface of the asteroid known as Ryugu in February and July 2019. During those brief touchdowns, the readings the spacecraft took with its instruments are giving researchers new insight into the physical and chemical properties of the asteroid. Scientists say that findings could help explain the history of Ryugu and other asteroids as well as the solar system.

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NASA reveals Bennu’s entire surface in first high-resolution global map

NASA reveals Bennu’s entire surface in first high-resolution global map

NASA has given the public its first high-resolution look at asteroid Bennu's global surface. The details are revealed in a newly published global map of the asteroid, one that is currently the focus of NASA's OSIRIS-REx space mission. As we've seen in previously shared images, the asteroid has a very rocky surface filled with large boulders, which was an unexpected complication for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

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New Pallas images reveal the asteroid looks like a giant golf ball

New Pallas images reveal the asteroid looks like a giant golf ball

A study recently published in Nature Astronomy reveals images of an asteroid called Pallas -- one that, it turns out, looks like a giant golf ball. The appearance is due to a large number of craters on the asteroid's surface, one so full of pockmarks that it looks like it was aggressively damaged. The asteroid, which is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, was discovered in the early 1800s.

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NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu

NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu

As we recently reported, NASA is busy determining the best possible location for its OSIRIS-REx mission to pluck a sample from the rocky asteroid Bennu. After quite a bit of work, the team behind the mission has narrowed down the list of candidates to four favorable locations, two of which will eventually be declared the primary and backup locations for collecting the sample.

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NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA plans to take a sample from the asteroid Bennu next year, but it must choose the best spot for the mission before it instructs its spacecraft to descend. In an announcement this week, NASA revealed the final four candidate sites it has selected for this sample mission, each of which has been named and will be studied over the next four months.

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Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Bennu, the asteroid currently being explored by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, will have its various features named after mythological birds and 'bird-like creatures,' according to NASA. The decision was made by the International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature and NASA. A variety of features on the asteroid will be named, including craters, rocks, boulders, trenches, grooves, ridges, and peaks.

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ESA shares grainy video of July’s unexpected asteroid 2019 OK flyby

ESA shares grainy video of July’s unexpected asteroid 2019 OK flyby

Late in July, astronomers were caught off guard by the sudden presence of a large asteroid only hours away from zooming past Earth. Called 2019 OK, this asteroid measured around 426ft in diameter and came closer to Earth than the Moon. Experts previously shared a video showing the asteroid's trajectory in relation to our planet, but a new view from the European Space Agency shows the asteroid itself.

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Video shows asteroid 2019 OK zoom past Earth in surprise flyby

Video shows asteroid 2019 OK zoom past Earth in surprise flyby

The Internet is abuzz with news about a large asteroid that zoomed past Earth on July 25, catching scientists by surprise. Though experts are tracking a large number of near-Earth objects, yesterday's asteroid 2019 OK wasn't one of them. Details about the event are rolling in and joining them is an animation that helps the public visualize just how close the asteroid came to our planet.

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NASA shares stunning asteroid image from record-breaking orbit

NASA shares stunning asteroid image from record-breaking orbit

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured a stunning high contrast image of the asteroid Bennu during its record-breaking orbit, the space agency has announced. The image was captured on June 13 from an orbit taking place 0.4-miles above the asteroid's surface, making it the closest-ever orbit performed by a spacecraft. The asteroid's rocky, jagged surface is displayed in incredible detail.

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