Asteroid 2015 KW 120 will make a really close approach with Earth tomorrow!

May 28
2015 KW 120

Image credits: NASA

Asteroid 2015 KW 120 will fly by Earth on May 29 at 11:53 UTC. The NEO has an estimated diameter of 11-36 meters (H= 26.0) and will speed past us at 13 km/s (approximately 46800 km/h), at only 1.1 Lunar Distances [LD] – about 422400 kilometers – from our planet. Asteroids make close approach with Earth every day,

Sentinel may be able to detect smaller asteroids!

Apr 30
Sentinel

Credit: Ball Aerospace

  According to a B612 Foundation official, Sentinel, the space telescope that was originally meant to search for larger Near Earth Objects (NEOs) could also be efficient in detecting NEOs between 20 and 40 meters in diameter. Indeed, smaller NEOs are much more likely to hit Earth in the following years, than larger NEOs. Everyone still remembers the Chelyabinsk meteor

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an asteroid???

Apr 28
2015 HP116

(Image: ESA, image by C.Carreau)

Earlier today, the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre (MPC) had a good news to share with the world: the Earth had a new moon! This morning, one of the MPC’s staff members posted a description of the so-called moon, also named 2015 HP116. The small asteroid was supposed to orbite our planet until March 2019. Unfortunately,

NEO NEWS (21 April 2015) NASA ARM, OSIRIS-Rex, and Planetary Defense Conference

Apr 22

Bolden Not Concerned About ARM Criticism

Space News, April 15 2015, by Jeff Foust [http://spacenews.com/31-space-symposium/#sthash.ivLIzIyJ.dpuf] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said April 14 he is not concerned with recent criticism of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) by the agency’s own advisory group. The NASA Advisory Council, at an April 10 meeting in Washington, unanimously approved a finding that concluded that NASA should not carry out its current plans for ARM. Those plans involve landing