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Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend

2018 GE3 swept by at half the moon’s distance Sunday, just hours after being detected. Its size is 3 to 6 times that of the space rock that penetrated the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

Mars Insight mission due to launch

Launch window for Mars InSight opens May 5, 2018. It’ll be the 1st interplanetary mission to go up from the U.S. West Coast. NASA said: “InSight’s pre-dawn launch may be visible for more than 10 million Californians … “

See asteroid 2017 VR12 as it swept past

Asteroid 2017 VR12 passed at 3.76 times the moon’s distance on March 7. Here are images and video of its sweep past Earth.

How to see rock-comet 3200 Phaethon

You can’t see 3200 Phaethon – parent of the Geminid meteor shower and a strange asteroid-comet hybrid – with the eye alone. But backyard telescopes can pick it up. Charts and more here.

Asteroid to sweep close October 11-12

Asteroid 2012 TC4 is being used as a test of Earth’s global asteroid defense system. How to see it online.

How to see binocular comet C/2017 O1

This faint comet reaches perihelion, its closest point to the sun, on October 14. It’ll be closest to Earth on October 18, passing distantly at about 67 million miles (108 million km).

Asteroid Florence found to have 2 moons

3122 Florence passed yesterday, biggest near-Earth object to pass so close in a century. Radar revealed 2 orbiting moons! Plus a chart that’ll help you spot the asteroid.

See 4 planets during the total eclipse

During a total solar eclipse, the daytime sky darkens, and bright stars and planets pop into view. Charts here, identifying which ones for the August 21, 2017 eclipse.

Sunspots during solar eclipse? Probably

Add sunspots to the list of wondrous sights to look for during the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.

Close shave from an undetected asteroid

Whoosh! Astronomers discovered a small asteroid – now designated as asteroid 2017 OO1 – on July 23. That was 3 days after it passed 1/3 the moon’s distance from Earth.