Astronomy/Space Exploration

Articles about astronomy and space exploration.

Asteroid 2012 D14 and the Russian meteor — a connection?

The Russian meteor that slammed into Earth’s atmosphere on Friday (injuring over 1,000 people) hit just hours before larger Asteroid 2012 D14 made its closest approach to Earth. Asteroid experts initially have said there was no connection between the two events1 and that it was just a “cosmic coincidence“2 that both events occurred on the …

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“Pay no attention to that fast-moving asteroid...”

One of my Astrobiology instructors (Eric M. Wilcots) began class this past Monday with a slide labeled “Pay no attention to that fast-moving asteroid...“1 Prof. Wilcots was talking about Asteroid 2012 D14 which will make an extremely close approach to Earth this Friday, February 15, 2013. And ultimately his point was that although 2012 D14 …

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