asteroids

Asteroids Ryugu and Bennu that both orbit between Earth and Mars may be chunks of the same giant space rock that was smashed apart in a collision Mathematical modelling suggests a possible relationship...

Called Dart (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), the craft will approach Didymos using a solar-powered propulsion then generate thrust from xenon gas to reach the collision speed. Scientists say the need...

An enormous asteroid is set to fly past Earth next month, NASA has revealed. The asteroid, dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2), is estimated to be 1.8-4.1 kilometres in diameter. At the higher end of that estimate,...

Incredible footage appearing to show an asteroid plummeting from the sky before crashing behind a huge volcano has gone viral online. The video shows the silhouette of Mount Merapi in Indonesia on February...

A huge asteroid is set to whizz past our planet today, NASA has revealed. The asteroid, dubbed 2020 BR10, is set to fly past Earth at around 14:55 GMT today, according to the space agency. NASA predicts...

An enormous asteroid is set to skim past Earth tonight, NASA has revealed. The asteroid, dubbed 2020 BD9, is estimated to measure 29 – 65 metres in diameter. At the higher end of that estimate, it...

NASA has tracked two asteroids around the size of the Blackpool Tower as they hurtled towards Earth. Space scientists kept a close eye on the two cosmic close calls as the space rocks rocketed past our...

The image shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and storms in the gas giant’s southern hemisphere. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill) Jupiter is being accused of actively...

Three huge asteroids are set to zip past Earth this evening, NASA has revealed. According to the space agency, the first passing (asteroid 2019 YR3) will be at 17:39 GMT, with the next two shortly after...

This Christmas morning, Santa could be joined in the sky by a huge asteroid , NASA has revealed. An asteroid dubbed 2019 YB1 is set to skim past Earth on Christmas Day at around 11:41 GMT, according...

An international team has suggested asteroids striking Earth may have sparked the growth of life after the so-called "essential building blocks of life" were found inside space rocks. Scientists...

A conspiracy theorist has revealed that the rise of asteroids skimming past Earth is a “sign the messiah is coming”. Alien world Nibiru – also known as Planet X – has long been prophesied to bring...

Barely a week goes by without news of a near-miss from an asteroid, and a NASA scientist wants the world to be better protected. The Solar System is full of objects, from tiny rocks barely bigger than...

One of the questions scientists often ask is where all the aliens are. In a galaxy teeming with planets; why haven’t we been contacted by another civilisation yet? One astrophysicist has a revolutionary...

Five huge asteroids will skim past Earth today, NASA has revealed. NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies tracks any nearby space rocks, and has revealed that five asteroids are set to make a...

An asteroid almost twice the size of a London bus will zip past Earth tomorrow – and NASA almost missed it. Known as 2019 TW1, the asteroid is estimated to be up to 16 metres (52ft) wide, and is...