Near Earth Objects

fireballs

A Meteor More Powerful Than 10 Atomic Bombs Exploded Over the Bering Sea

The December 18 fireball created the biggest airburst since the Chelyabinsk meteor of 2013.
Becky Ferreira
3.18.19
nasa

This Asteroid Hunter Is Tasked With Saving Earth from Killer Impacts

Lindley Johnson is NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer and in many ways, the fate of the Earth rests in his hands. But he’s not stressed about it.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.12.18
nasa

The White House Plan to Defend Against Killer Asteroids Is Here

In one of its final acts, the Obama Administration released a report outlining how federal agencies should prepare for an 'Armageddon'-sized impact.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.5.17
nasa

This Asteroid Is Small Enough to Ride Like a Space Pony

Or is it a meteoroid? Depends who you ask.
Becky Ferreira
12.2.16
Halloween

An Asteroid With a ‘Gremlin’ Moon Flew By Earth on Halloween

Trend alert: Halloween asteroids are a thing.
Becky Ferreira
11.4.16
NEOS

Watch Two Years of Asteroid Observations in 20 Seconds

The quest to root out all the stray space rocks near Earth is simultaneously comforting and unnerving.
Becky Ferreira
4.6.16
nasa

After a Brutal Audit, NASA Unveils Its New Asteroid Detection Program

Let’s not go the way of the dinosaurs.
Becky Ferreira
1.9.16
Halloween

Trick or Treat? A Skull-Shaped Asteroid Flew by Earth on Halloween

To add to the spookiness, NASA says it was probably the corpse of a dead comet.
Becky Ferreira
11.2.15
News

NASA Just Discovered an Asteroid Will Fly Annoyingly Close to Earth on Halloween

It’s expected to be the closest flyby by a large object until August 2027.
Jason Koebler
10.20.15
News

NASA Has Cut Off the Group That Wants to Save Us From Killer Asteroids

The B612 Foundation doesn't appear to be doing so well.
Jason Koebler
9.29.15
Features

The Underfunded, Disorganized Plan to Save Earth from the Next Giant Asteroid

Meet the interstellar warriors of Spaceguard.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.28.15
News

The Race to Save Humanity from Asteroids Gets a Boost from Queen's Brian May

The Queen musician is making noise about an asteroid defense project.
Emiko Jozuka
6.15.15
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