NASA asteroid tracker: TWO giant space rocks will skim the Earth TOMORROW

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Both asteroids are expected to make a so-called ‘Earth Close Approach’ on Tuesday, February 12. The first of the two space rocks, Asteroid 2019 CY2, will zip by in the wee morning hours around 3.34am GMT (UTC). Asteroid 2017 PV25 will follow soon after, shooting past our home world around 12.42pm GMT. Neither of the two rocks will slam into the planet but their near-miss trajectories are being keenly monitored by NASA’s asteroid-tracking systems.

Asteroid CY2 is the smaller and faster of the two space rocks and is also the most recently discovered one.

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  • Date: 2019-02-11T11:24:00+00:00
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2022 NASA DART mission will slam spacecraft into an asteroid

NASA plans to test one potential way to prevent asteroid impacts on Earth: ramming the space rock to change its orbit. This concept, which has been detailed multiple times over the years, will take place in 2022 and involve the space agency’s DART spacecraft. Details were revealed by the European Space Agency, which plans its own mission to the same asteroid.

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According to the ESA, its Hera mission will be the first to explore a binary asteroid system, the Didymos and its smaller companion, Didymoon. The space rock is only about 525ft across, making it ‘minuscule’ in comparison to other asteroids. To help put it in perspective, the Bennu asteroid explored by NASA is approximately 1,640ft across.

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  • Date: 2019-02-06T20:17:35+00:00
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NASA, ESA working on keeping asteroids away from Earth

Asteroids and Earth have had a huge history. These huge and bulky rocks were the reason dinosaurs got extinct. These asteroids could be bigger than countries and are capable of wiping out a whole planet. This gets scarier if one such asteroid is approaching towards our Earth at super-high speeds. Well, NASA is working on keeping these giant rocks away from our planet.

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NASA is working closely with the European Space Agency (ESA) on a project which is dubbed as the Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART). This is a practice run for creating secure defense grid for Earth against the asteroids. It will chuck a fast-moving projectile at an incoming asteroid to direct it away from the Earth.

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  • Date: 2019-02-08T11:41:03+05:30
  • Author: Vishal Kawadkar
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