Planetary science http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31190/all en Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.</p> <p>The 2012 DA 14, discovered by chance by astronomers after passing nearby last February, will be just around 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) above Earth's surface when it speeds by, the US Space Agency said.</p> <p>That's outside the Earth's atmosphere, but closer than the orbit of most weather and communications satellites.</p> <p>However, despite the close shave, NASA said there was nothing to fear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Disaster Planetary science Space AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:30:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749446 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to make close pass by Earth on Feb. 15; no impact seen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/asteroid-make-close-pass-earth-feb-15-no-impact-seen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Space rock to come closer than satellites</p> <p>* Closest approach in 15 years of monitoring</p> <p>By Irene Klotz</p> <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Feb 7 (Reuters) - A small asteroid will pass closer to Earth next week than the TV satellites that ring the planet, but there is no chance of an impact, NASA said Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/asteroid-make-close-pass-earth-feb-15-no-impact-seen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Disaster Planetary science Space Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:15:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749505 at http://www.globalpost.com Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.</p> <p>The 2012 DA 14, discovered by chance by astronomers after passing nearby last February, will be just around 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) above Earth's surface when it speeds by, the US Space Agency said.</p> <p>That's outside the Earth's atmosphere, but closer than the orbit of most weather and communications satellites.</p> <p>However, despite the close shave, NASA said there was nothing to fear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/near-impact-asteroid-narrowly-miss-earth-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Disaster Planetary science Space AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:46:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749520 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to pass close by Earth on Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/asteroid-pass-close-earth-friday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Nearest approach at 2:24 p.m. EST/1924 GMT on Friday</p> <p>* No chance of impact, scientists say</p> <p>* Encounter will cause asteroid's orbit to change</p> <p>By Irene Klotz</p> <p>BOSTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A newly discovered asteroid about half the size of a football field will pass nearer to Earth than any other known object of its size on Friday, giving scientists a rare opportunity for close-up observations without launching a probe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/asteroid-pass-close-earth-friday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Planetary science Spacecraft Spaceflight Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:45:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5756062 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan readies space telescope to study atmosphere http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/japan-readies-space-telescope-study-atmosphere <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan is to send a space telescope into orbit around the Earth to observe Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, officials said Friday, as they look to unlock the secrets of our own planet's atmosphere.</p> <p>Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch a satellite later this year equipped with an ultraviolet telescope that will probe the gases surrounding three of our nearest neighbours in the solar system.</p> <p>Scientists hope this will help them understand the conditions that created the dense, life-supporting atmosphere of Earth, JAXA said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/japan-readies-space-telescope-study-atmosphere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:00:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756333 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.</p> <p>About 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter, the asteroid -- dubbed 2012 DA 14 -- is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2:25 pm EST (1925 GMT), NASA said.</p> <p>"This distance is well away from Earth and the swarm of low Earth-orbiting satellites, including the International Space Station," it said in a statement on its website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary science Space Spaceflight Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756376 at http://www.globalpost.com Ancient asteroid strike in Australia "changed face of earth" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/ancient-asteroid-strike-australia-changed-face-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Michael Sin</p> <p>SYDNEY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A strike from a big asteroid more than 300 million years ago left a huge impact zone buried in Australia and changed the face of the earth, researchers said on Friday.</p> <p>"The dust and greenhouse gases released from the crater, the seismic shock and the initial fireball would have incinerated large parts of the earth," said Andrew Glikson, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/ancient-asteroid-strike-australia-changed-face-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Glikson Planetary science Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:46:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5756408 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NASA is closely tracking an asteroid large enough to destroy a city that is set to whiz past Earth on Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.</p> <p>The 150-feet (45-meter) wide asteroid -- dubbed 2012 DA 14 -- is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2:25 pm EST (1925 GMT), NASA said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whiz-past-earth-friday-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756470 at http://www.globalpost.com Meteor strike in Russia hurts over 500 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-over-500 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A plunging meteor exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia on Friday, setting off a shockwave that shattered windows and hurt over 500 people in an event unprecedented in modern times.</p> <p>The extraordinary event brought morning traffic to a sudden halt in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk as shocked drivers stopped to watch the falling meteor partially burning up in the lower atmosphere and light up the sky.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-over-500" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Nuclear technology Planetary science Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:16:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756646 at http://www.globalpost.com Meteor strike in Russia hurts almost 1,000 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A plunging meteor exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia on Friday, setting off a shockwave that shattered windows and hurt almost 1,000 people in an event unprecedented in modern times.</p> <p>The extraordinary event brought morning traffic to a sudden halt in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk as shocked drivers stopped to watch the falling meteor partially burning up in the lower atmosphere and light up the sky.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Nuclear technology Planetary science Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:00:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756725 at http://www.globalpost.com Toll from meteor strike is biggest ever http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/toll-meteor-strike-biggest-ever <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A meteor strike on Friday that injured almost a thousand people in a central Russian city inflicted the biggest known human toll from a space rock, experts said.</p> <p>But the shock event has no link with a flyby by a rogue asteroid, they added.</p> <p>"I am scratching my head to think of anything in recorded history when that number of people have been indirectly injured by an object like this," said Robert Massey, deputy executive secretary of Britain's Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).</p> <p>"It's very, very rare to have human casualties" from a meteorite, he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/toll-meteor-strike-biggest-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Planetary science Spaceflight Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:00:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756726 at http://www.globalpost.com Meteor strike in Russia hurts almost 1,000 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A plunging meteor exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia on Friday, setting off a shockwave that shattered windows and hurt almost 1,000 people in an event unprecedented in modern times.</p> <p>Experts insisted the meteor's fiery entry into the atmosphere was not linked to the asteroid 2012 DA 14 which is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometres) above the Earth later Friday in an unusually close approach.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Nuclear technology Planetary science Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:16:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756855 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid whizzes safely past Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-safely-past-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A closely tracked asteroid, about 150-feet (45-meters) wide, whizzed safely past Earth on Friday, the same day a much smaller, previously undetected meteor hit Russia, injuring nearly 1,000 people.</p> <p>Live images from a telescope at the Gingin Observatory in western Australia showed the asteroid looking like a white streak, moving across against a backdrop of black sky.</p> <p>Astronomers said the object's speed and proximity made it a challenge to track, because telescopes had to be aimed precisely or risked missing it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-safely-past-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757082 at http://www.globalpost.com Asteroid whizzes past Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-past-earth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A closely tracked asteroid, about 150-feet (45-meters) wide, whizzed safely past Earth on Friday, the same day a much smaller, previously undetected meteor hit Russia, injuring nearly 1,000 people.</p> <p>Live images from a telescope at the Gingin Observatory in western Australia showed the asteroid looking like a white streak, moving across against a backdrop of black sky.</p> <p>Astronomers said the object's speed and proximity made it a challenge to track, because telescopes had to be aimed precisely or risked missing it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/asteroid-whizzes-past-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Planetary defense Planetary science Space Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757090 at http://www.globalpost.com Meteor strike in Russia hurts almost 1,000 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A plunging meteor exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia on Friday, setting off a shockwave that shattered windows and hurt almost 1,000 people in an event unprecedented in modern times.</p> <p>Experts insisted the meteor's fiery entry into the atmosphere was not linked to the asteroid 2012 DA 14, which later passed about 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometres) above the Earth without incident in an unusually close approach.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/meteor-strike-russia-hurts-almost-1000-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Astronomy Nuclear technology Planetary science Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:00:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757105 at http://www.globalpost.com