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Newfound “Pitbull” Asteroid Will Zip By Earth on Sunday

Good news, folks: The world won’t end on Sunday, when an asteroid nicknamed “Pitbull” will zip past Earth. But asteroid 2014 RC will provide some virtual sky-watching drama for fans of celestial flybys. (Related: “Asteroids and Comets.”) Discovered independently by two different observatory teams on August 31, the 60-foot-wide (20 meters) space rock will come closest to Earth at…

1833 Meteor Storm Started Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing astronomy discoveries goes back a ways, to 1833, and a truly remarkable meteor shower.

Watch as ‘the Beast’ Asteroid Sails Past Earth This Week

An asteroid called “the Beast” will sail past Earth on Thursday. Catch a glimpse as it passes.

Brightest Lunar Impact Ever Recorded

This artwork depicts the blast formed from an impacting meteor on the lunar surface. Credit: NASA Anyone looking up at the right moment on September 11, 2013, may have caught sight of a brief flash of light on the moon. The flash was the biggest and brightest lunar impact ever observed by astronomers, a new Monthly…

Watch Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Whip Past Earth

A giant space rock three times the size of football field is about to sail past Earth. Its passage will be broadcast live around the world via the web.  Near ­Earth Asteroid (NEO), 2000 EM26, measuring 885 feet (270 meters) across and traveling at a speed of 27,000 miles per hour will zip by our planet on Monday, February…

Gold-Winning Olympians to Get Bonus Meteorite Medals

Winning an Olympic medal this weekend will make for a truly out-of-this-world experience. That’s because ten lucky athletes who earn gold at the Sochi Olympics on February 15 will also receive a bonus medal decorated with a piece of the giant meteor that smacked into the Olympics host country, Russia, exactly one year ago. UPDATE…

Giant Chunk of Russian Meteor Recovered

Russian scientists appear to have pulled up a half-ton charred meteorite from the bottom of a murky Siberian lake—a piece of the giant space rock that exploded in the skies above the southern Urals in February.

Tips for Enjoying the Perseid Meteor Shower

Look Up! Perseid meteors have started to rain down around the world. According to early global observation reports over the weekend, pre-peak Perseid numbers are starting to ramp up, with some skywatchers already seeing as many as 30 shooting stars per hour. (see also: A Guide to Watching the Spectacular Perseids) With the moon out…

Russian Meteor Shockwave Circled Globe Twice

The meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February produced a powerful shockwave that circled the globe twice, according to a new study.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Nicotine-Addicted Mummies, Rare Jaguar Photos…

For this Monday morning, here are the top headlines that fit within the Yellow Border: Hair from ancient Chilean mummies has revealed a nicotine habit, photos of a rare jaguar have been captured near an Arizona mine, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Moth Has Best Hearing, Mysterious ‘Eternal Flames’…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Scientists discover that a moth has the best hearing in the animal kingdom, geologists study the mystery behind Earth’s ‘eternal flames,’ and…

Russian Meteor a Surprise—But Many More Out There

The spectacular meteor explosion above Russia‘s Ural Mountains this morning was caused by a likely truck-size rock weighing in at about nine tons. (Related pictures: “Meteorite Hits Russia.”) It hit the atmosphere at an estimated 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) per hour, and at that high velocity—many times the speed of sound—tremendous air pressure caused the…

Best Videos From Meteor Strike in Russia

Friday’s meteor strike over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia allowed dashboard cams and people with hand-held cameras to capture some fascinating moments. Here are some of the best ones. The above video captures the sounds of glass breaking and car alarms set off by the meteor’s shock wave. (News Article: Meteorite Fragments Injure a Thousand…

Meteorite Boom Injures a Thousand in Russia

Shockwaves from a meteor caused damage to buildings in central Russia, hurting at least a thousand people on Friday, according to news reports. More than 200 children were among those injured in the Chelyabinsk region, Russia’s Interior Ministry told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “Verified information indicates that this was one meteorite which burned…

Watch Asteroid Buzz Earth

This Friday asteroid 2012 DA14 will go down in the record books as the closest approach of an object of its size since astronomers began keeping records a few decades ago. Zipping past our planet closer than most orbiting communication and weather satellites, this office building sized chunk of rock should be visible to some…