Asteroid in close pass of Earth in Sept. will be back -- in 20 years

Asteroid in close pass of Earth in Sept. will be back -- in 20 years

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A newly discovered asteroid that made a close pass of Earth in September will be back in 2032 but chances of a cosmic collision are small, NASA scientists say.

Earth to get another asteroid viewing

PASADENA, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- Earth will have a visit by yet another asteroid this weekend but there is no danger of a cosmic collision, NASA says.

Asteroid fly-by an opportunity for science

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A small asteroid made a close fly-by of Earth Friday and is now moving away from our world, NASA said.

Minivan-size meteor made Calif. fireball

PASADENA, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers estimate the size of the meteor that caused a giant fireball over California and Nevada was about the size of your average minivan.

Amateurs videotape 'tumbling' asteroid

PASADENA, Calif., April 18 (UPI) -- Video images of a tumbling asteroid taken by amateur astronomers show it appearing to blink on and off about every 4 minutes, U.S. astronomers say.

Astronomers study asteroid nearing Earth

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- An asteroid believed about 500 feet to 2,000 feet in size is being closely monitored by the U.S. space agency as it approaches Earth for a Tuesday fly-by.

Possible Peruvian meteor strike reported

LIMA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Officials Thursday were investigating claims as many as 200 people became ill after a possible meteorite strike in a remote region of Peru.

Fred Whipple, noted astronomer, dies at 97

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Fred Whipple, one of the world's most influential astronomers, has died in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 97, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Finding menacing asteroids is a first step

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A cadre of space scientists is becoming more adept at sorting out the swarm of asteroids and comets floating through the solar system and has turned its attention to the more-daunting job of doing something about the potentially disastrous collision with
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Asteroid will pass near Earth, but safely

LEXINGTON, Mass., July 30 (UPI) -- On August 18, asteroid 2002 NY40 will pass within about 300,000 miles of Earth, close enough to be seen through binoculars, but on a course so well-plotted astronomers said the wandering space rock has no chance of hitting our planet this time.