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  • Ceres and Vesta come very close in the night sky

    Wide-angle view of the paths that Ceres and Vesta take during the first week of July in their closest ever encounter. Credit: Paul Sutherland/Skymania

    The two largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, are currently heading for their closest encounter in the...

     
  • Why an asteroid is crumbling into meteor dust

    A composite image of bright Geminid meteors over Pendleton, Oregon. Credit: Thomas W. Earle

    Just about everyone knows that meteor showers are produced by the dust from comets. But one of the year’s...

     
  • NASA telescope’s new mission to save Earth

    NASA telescope’s new mission to save Earth

    A highly successful space telescope is being brought out of retirement to help in the search for dangerous...

     
  • Sun, showers… and an asteroid strike!

    Artist's impression of an NEO headed for Earth. Credit: NASA/ESA

    Anyone who has seen the disaster movie Deep Impact will recall the calm and measured tones of the US...

     
  • Swarm of asteroids that threaten Earth

    NASA plot representing the number of asteroids that threaten the Earth

    Here’s a picture that could really make an impact. NASA has used fresh data from a space probe...

     
  • Tycoons’ mission to plunder asteroids

    Early Interceptor probes study a passing asteroid. Credit: Planetary Resources

    Science websites are awash with what must be some of the most anticipated space news ever. Since the...

     
  • How Earth picks up its extra moons

    An impression of an asteroid orbiting Earth

    Everyone is familiar with the Moon, the Earth’s oldest and nearest companion in space. Now however,...

     
  • Mysterious comets put under scrutiny

    Three Main Belt Comets discovered to date. (H. Hsieh & D. Jewitt, University of Hawaii)

    Is it an asteroid? Is it a comet? Well not as we know them! Astronomers are investigating the properties...