The Asteroid Foundation is hosting a five-hour series of panels and talks today to examine the state of asteroid research for Asteroid Day 2020.
Asteroids are space rocks thought to be the remains left over from the formation of the solar system. They range in size from tiny (the size of a car or so) to truly giant, with at least one - Ceres - gaining dwarf planet status. In our solar system, billions of asteroids are in the asteroid belt, a region around the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Others stray from this region, and can potentially post an impact threat to the Earth. At least one interstellar asteroid, called 'Oumuamua, has passed through our solar system. Learn more about asteroids here.
The emergency preparedness activities now underway to combat the coronavirus pandemic offer insight about our readiness to deal with a dangerous incoming asteroid, experts say.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft recently swooped down to take a look at a sample site on asteroid Bennu.
A near-Earth asteroid will whiz safely by our planet, and astronomers may be able to watch the monster rock's flight through telescopes.
The weirdness of our solar system's first known interstellar visitor stems from a very unusual composition, a new study suggests.
For a week, it was a truly stunning crumb of the solar system — until scientists realized it was just a dirty hunk of ice with an identity crisis.
After delays from the coronavirus pandemic, NASA has picked a date for its spacecraft to snatch up a chunk of space rock to bring home.
A Japanese spacecraft trekking across the solar system has yet to deliver its precious cargo of space rocks, but its data is already giving scientists a preview of an asteroid's dynamic history.
NASA's Lucy asteroid mission already faced a busy itinerary with seven different space-rock targets. Now, the team has discovered that one of those asteroids has a tiny companion.
On April 27, something caught the eyes of astronomers poring through data gathered by the Pan-STARRS Observatory in Hawaii: a previously unknown space rock, and one that was very close to Earth.
A newly discovered asteroid about the size of a bus will zip safely by Earth today (May 3), passing at a distance just over halfway to the moon.
An asteroid about the size of a car gave Earth a close shave Tuesday (April 28), just ahead of a flyby of another big space rock, according to NASA officials.
You can take the measure of the big space rock that will zoom by Earth early Wednesday morning (April 28), thanks to radar views from the Arecibo Observatory.
A big asteroid will safely fly by Earth early tomorrow morning (April 29), and you can watch it approach our planet in real time tonight with a free webcast from the Slooh online observatory.
The huge "potentially hazardous" asteroid 1998 OR2, which will safely fly by Earth on April 29, appears to have brought its own face mask for its close encounter with our pandemic-ridden planet.
Don't be fooled by any hyped-up headlines you may have read: This week's asteroid flyby poses no threat to Earth or anything on it.
A cache of interstellar asteroids may have been hiding under scientists' noses for billions of years, researchers say.
The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico captured a radar image of 1998 OR2, which will zoom within 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) of our planet on April 29.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is getting ready to scoop a sample of asteroid Bennu, has successfully completed a partial dress rehearsal for its historic trip to the asteroid's surface.