Latest Asteroids News

Asteroid that could wipe out a city is near, but don't fear

Mar. 23, 2023 18:43 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid big enough to wipe out a city will zip harmlessly between Earth and the moon's orbit this weekend, missing both celestial bodies. Saturday’s close encounter will offer astronomers the chance to study a space rock from just over 100,000...

Asteroid named after pope behind Gregorian calendar reform

Feb. 28, 2023 11:48 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Gregory XIII, the 16th century pontiff responsible for what is today known as the Gregorian calendar, now has another, celestial claim to fame. A working group of the International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid after him, the Vatican Observatory said...

Asteroid coming exceedingly close to Earth, but will miss

Jan. 25, 2023 18:24 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid the size of a delivery truck will whip past Earth on Thursday night, one of the closest such encounters ever recorded. NASA insists it will be a near miss with no chance of the asteroid hitting Earth. NASA said Wednesday that...