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Asteroid, bigger than Empire State Building, heads towards Earth; all you need to know
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Asteroid, bigger than Empire State Building, heads towards Earth; all you need to know

The asteroid is bigger than most buildings on Earth, including the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building

Meteorites that helped form earth may have formed in outer solar system, suggests study
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Meteorites that helped form earth may have formed in outer solar system, suggests study

In this study, a combination of asteroid observations suggests that the surface minerals present on outer main-belt asteroids, especially ammonia-bearing clays, form from starting materials containing NH3 and CO2 ice that are stable only at very low temperature, and under water-rich conditions

Asteroid twice the size of Burj Khalifa to fly past Earth; NASA shares link to track it live
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Asteroid twice the size of Burj Khalifa to fly past Earth; NASA shares link to track it live

Reports suggest that asteroid 1994 PC 1 has been classified as ‘potentially hazardous’ by NASA because of its closeness while shooting past the Earth

NASA aims to defend the planet by using its DART mission to destroy an asteroid this month
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NASA aims to defend the planet by using its DART mission to destroy an asteroid this month

The target asteroid, Dimorphos, which means "two forms" in Greek, is about 525 feet in diameter and orbits around a larger asteroid named Didymos, "twin" in Greek.

From meteor showers to Neptune at opposition: List of celestial events in September to watch out for
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From meteor showers to Neptune at opposition: List of celestial events in September to watch out for

On 22 September the season officially changes and it marks the point where earth experiences equal lengths of day and night.

Fastest-orbiting asteroid discovered in Solar System; takes 113 Earth days to complete one lap around Sun
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Fastest-orbiting asteroid discovered in Solar System; takes 113 Earth days to complete one lap around Sun

The asteroid is also very close to the Sun’s massive gravitational field, where it faces the largest general relativistic effects of any known Solar System object so far.

Asteroid Bennu to pass Earth in September 2135, possibility of impact 'very slight'
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Asteroid Bennu to pass Earth in September 2135, possibility of impact 'very slight'

Bennu was discovered in 1999 and is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid.

NASA begins preparation to launch its Lucy mission in October: Here's all you need to know
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NASA begins preparation to launch its Lucy mission in October: Here's all you need to know

The mission - named Lucy - will for the first time explore Trojan asteroids that share an orbit with the planet Jupiter.

World Asteroid Day 2021: History, significance, all you need to know
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World Asteroid Day 2021: History, significance, all you need to know

The United Nations General Assembly designated this day in remembrance of the Tunguska impact over Siberia.

NASA's Osiris-Rex probe leaves asteroid Bennu, begins two-year journey back to Earth
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NASA's Osiris-Rex probe leaves asteroid Bennu, begins two-year journey back to Earth

The probe will journey around 2.3 billion kilometres through space and land in the Utah desert on 24 September 24, 2023.

Asteroids on collision course with Earth can be detected, tracked by new telescopes
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Asteroids on collision course with Earth can be detected, tracked by new telescopes

Named Flyeye, it will survey the night sky for fast-moving objects and flag them for human researchers to further investigate.

NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft leaves a mess on asteroid while making its return to Earth
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NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft leaves a mess on asteroid while making its return to Earth

A depression is visible where Osiris-Rex penetrated the asteroid’s surface. Boulders were hurled by the pressurised nitrogen gas that was fired at the ground to churn up material for vacuuming, and by the spacecraft’s getaway thruster.

Asteroid 2001 FO32 the largest space rock to fly by Earth in 2021, closest approach on 21 March
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Asteroid 2001 FO32 the largest space rock to fly by Earth in 2021, closest approach on 21 March

Asteroid 2001 FO32 is not going to fly in Earth's near neighbourhood again until 2052, when it will be at a much greater distance.

School students in India discover 18 new asteroids as part of the International Asteroid Discovery Project
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School students in India discover 18 new asteroids as part of the International Asteroid Discovery Project

Over two years, 150 students from India have participated in this two-month-long campaign to find asteroids, making this the largest asteroid discovery project in India.

Asteroid Apophis the chosen target of a planetary defense exercise during its 6 March flyby
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Asteroid Apophis the chosen target of a planetary defense exercise during its 6 March flyby

Apophis has been calculated as being on a possible 'collision course' with Earth several times in the past.

Asteroid flyby, new moon, Mercury aligns with Saturn and Jupiter: Here are celestial events visible in January
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Asteroid flyby, new moon, Mercury aligns with Saturn and Jupiter: Here are celestial events visible in January

On 10 January, Mercury will form a triangle with Saturn 2 degrees to Mercury's right and Jupiter 2 degrees above them.

Hayabusa 2 comes back with charcoal like pieces from asteroid Ryugu
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Hayabusa 2 comes back with charcoal like pieces from asteroid Ryugu

Following studies in Japan, some of the samples will be shared with NASA and other international space agencies for additional research.

Arya Pulate, Shreya Waghmare, students of a school in Pune, discover 6 new preliminary asteroids
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Arya Pulate, Shreya Waghmare, students of a school in Pune, discover 6 new preliminary asteroids

The students, Arya Pulate and Shreya Waghmare, were trained to analyse data and spot potential asteroids close to Earth.

First peek inside Hayabusa2 capsule; JAXA officials find more than anticipated asteroid sand, gas inside
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First peek inside Hayabusa2 capsule; JAXA officials find more than anticipated asteroid sand, gas inside

They said that capsule successfully brought back asteroid gases that are clearly different from the air on Earth — a first sample-return of gases from outer space.

Geminid meteor showers 2020 to be visible for the last time today: Where and how to watch it in India?
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Geminid meteor showers 2020 to be visible for the last time today: Where and how to watch it in India?

The Geminids Meteor Shower originates from the Gemini constellation and its source is the 3200 Phaethon which is either an asteroid or a rock comet.