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A massive Asteroid is heading toward Earth

An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is hurtling toward earth. Although it is that big, it is going to be distant enough to not cause any actual harm.  It is known as 388945 (2008 TZ3) that has been classified as a ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ due to its relative closeness as it passes our planet.  […]...Read More

An asteroid is headed for Earth, should we be concerned?

A massive asteroid, almost the size of the tallest building on Earth, is heading for the planet in mid-December, as per NASA’s asteroid tracker. Designated 163899 (2003 SD220), the massive asteroid has a diameter of approximately 791 meters, nearly the size of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest manmade structure on Earth.  However, observations […]...Read More

A deliberate crash for the greater good of planet Earth

The DART mission, or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. But the true test for this asteroid deflection technology will come in September 2022, when the spacecraft reaches its destination, to see how it impacts the motion of a near-Earth asteroid […]...Read More

Keep an eye out, something is headed Earth’s way!

An asteroid the height of the Eiffel Tower is heading in the direction of earth and is due to reach its closest point just before Christmas. 4660 Nereus is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid and would cause a devastating impact if it hit Earth. But NASA’s asteroid monitor has confirmed it poses no threat […]...Read More

This one was quite a close call!

NASA keeps a keen eye on Near-earth Objects (NEO) through its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena. Recently, the observatory-cum-laboratory traced the 1000th near-earth asteroid (NEA), named ‘2021 PJ1,’ as it passed by Earth at a distance of 1.7 million kilometres. The asteroid was so small in size making it quite a challenge for the radar […]...Read More

Cosmic fireball lights up the sky in UK

On Sunday night, a large swath of meteors gleamed in the British sky, making the lucky ones happy. Doorbell cameras across the UK captured very bright meteors called fireballs The meteor was spotted shortly before 10 o’clock in the evening on 28th February 2021, and the meteor was visible for about 7 seconds. It was […]...Read More

School students discovered 18 new asteroids

In 2020, 18 new asteroids have been discovered by Indian students as part of an international science program, ‘International Asteroid Discovery Project’, conducted by STEM & Space in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) as part of a NASA citizen science project. These discoveries have been confirmed recently by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) which […]...Read More

Astronaut trio touch back to Earth after half-a-year amid stars

A trio of space travellers, on NASA’s 63rd long term expedition, safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying astronauts US space agency NASA’s Chris Cassidy, and Russian state corp Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast […]...Read More