Asteroid 2014 JO25 to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19, 2017

Apr 18

2014 JO25, a relatively large near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19, 2017 at a distance of about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers), or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.

Is a Colorado earthquake related to dinosaurs extinction impact?

Apr 12

by Seismological Society of America Researchers have found signs of fault displacement at well-known rock outcrops in Colorado that mark the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact that may have hurried the extinction of the dinosaurs. They will present their results in a poster at the 2017 Seismological Society of America’s (SSA) Annual Meeting. Norm Sleep of Stanford University and colleagues suggest that the impact, which occurred near the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, could have generated massive

NEOs News – March

Apr 11

Current NEO statistics

More than 200 NEOs were discovered last month, the highest rate since April 2014.

  •  Known NEOs: 15 934 asteroids and 106 comets
  •  NEOs in risk list*: 612
  •  New NEO discoveries since last month: 206
  •  NEOs discovered since 1 January 2017: 525

*The risk list of all known objects with a non-zero (although usually very low) impact probability can be found at http://bit.ly/neorisklist

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Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin

Mar 30

by John Timmer, from ArsTechnica.com

Each time it approaches Jupiter, its orbit gets reset.

2015 BZ509 orbit jupiter

Credit: NASA

 

Jupiter is widely credited with providing Earth with a bit of protection. The immense gravity of the gas giant typically either sucks in asteroids and comets or flings