NASA’s DART Mission Punches a Killer Asteroid to Save Humanity

Because Dimorphos is such a small space rock, DART will have to hit hard once the asteroid system reaches its closest point to Earth during its orbit around the sun, about 6.8 million miles away. This is a complex orbital choreography that will improve DART’s collision path with Dimorphos, with a precise launch time from …

How a Nuclear Bomb Could Save Earth from a Hidden Asteroid

One day, astronomers may detect an asteroid months away from a disastrous rendezvous with Earth. Our only chance of surviving at such a late stage would be to try using a nuclear explosive to destroy it. But would it work? Unlike some of the melodramatic Hollywood blockbusters of the 1990s, real-life scientists are largely uninterested …

Deflecting an Asteroid Before It Hits Earth Could Take Multiple Hits

There’s probably a large space rock out there with the Earth in the crosshairs. Scientists have actually identified a candidate – Bennu, which has little chance of hitting our planet in 2182. But whether it’s Bennu or another asteroid, the question will be how to avoid a highly unwelcome cosmic encounter. For nearly 20 years, …

NASA Says An Asteroid Will Have a Close Brush With Earth. But it is not

The probability of an asteroid the size of the Empire State Building hitting the Earth is very slim. Do not worry. You’ll be dead long before this is even possible. So are your children. Probably all your grandchildren too. There’s a 1 in 1750 chance, NASA scientists said at a press conference Wednesday. asteroid named …

2 Red Objects Found in the Asteroid Belt. they shouldn’t be

The finding, if true, holds for planetary migration in the early solar system, particularly beautiful model, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune all move outward, and Jupiter a little inward, for a few hundred million years. This would disturb the organically charged asteroids left over from the formation of planets and send them pinging around the solar …