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An asteroid is about to pass so close to Earth that we’ll see it in the sky

Asteroid 2013 TX68 Pass March

Don't worry, we aren't about to go extinct like the dinosaurs. That said, a 30-meter wide asteroid will be passing Earth so close early next month that we might be able to see it in the sky, NASA has announced. And it might even hit Earth at some point in 2017.

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Chris Smith

February 8th

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The Many Times Humans Have Almost Been Killed By Meteorites

On Saturday, a luckless bus driver died in a mysterious explosion in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. His death took on added significance when local officials declared that the man was killed by a meteorite.

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Maddie Stone

February 8th

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NASA: No, There Isn’t a Deadly Asteroid Heading Right For Us

EXCLUSIVE: Could this asteroid destroy Earth in just SIX weeks? According to NASA, the answer is “absolutely not, you imbeciles.”

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 20th

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Slow-Mo Video Reveals Raindrops on Sand Behave Like Asteroid Impacts

Slow-Mo Video Reveals Raindrops on Sand Behave Like Asteroid Impacts

There's little more atmospheric than striding out across a beech in the driving rain—but what's happening as those rain drops smash into the sand beneath your feet?

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Jamie Condliffe

December 8th

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Japan’s rocket launch site looks like a Bond villain’s secret lair

Japan's rocket launch site looks like a Bond villain's secret lair

Someone mentioned in Twitter that Japan's Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center looks like the lair of a Bond villain. And indeed it does: Check out the photo I found while searching for information about Hayabusa 2, JAXA's second mission to retrieve asteroid material.

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Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

December 3rd

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Watch Japan’s Explosive Asteroid-Sampling Mission Take Off

Watch Japan's Explosive Asteroid-Sampling Mission Take Off

While the rest of the world has been busy shedding a bitter tear over the early demise of Europe's comet-sampling probe, the Japan Space Agency has been busy launching another mission to sample distant celestial bodies.

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Chris Mills

December 3rd

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Mysterious forces destroy asteroid as amazed scientists watch

Mysterious forces destroy asteroid as amazed scientists watch

Hubble has captured the destruction of a 200,000-ton rock located in the asteroid belt for "the first time ever." It slowly broke apart for unknown reasons, scientists say. University of California at Los Angeles' David Jewitt, says that "this [was] a rock, and seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing."

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Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Geoff Manaugh to Gizmodo

March 6th

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A Full View of the Gigantic Asteroid Vesta

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Jamie Condliffe

October 1st

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A Full View of the Gigantic Asteroid Vesta

A Full View of the Gigantic Asteroid Vesta

At 330 miles in diameter, Vesta is the second most massive object in the asteroid belt. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting it for some time now, but it’s finally generated an image which shows the asteroid in all its glory.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 1st

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Watch as Last Week’s Asteroid Decides to Fly by Instead of Destroying Us All

That little, white pixelated bean spinning around above might look more like a bad 80s video game than the near-messenger of quick and devastating apocalypse, but that's what happens when you're taking shots 74,000 miles away from your subject. What you're seeing is, in fact, 2012 DA14 at a resolution of around 13 feet per pixel over an 8 hour period just as it was mercifully passing our beautiful space marble by on the evening of February 15. More »


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Ashley Feinberg

February 20th

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