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Update: 2015 TB145 likely a dead comet

Last week heralded as largest known asteroid to pass Earth until 2027. Swept within 1.3 times the moon’s distance on October 31. Now thought to be a comet!

Seeing the star with nearest rocky planet

How you can see the star HD219134, announced last week to have the nearest rocky exoplanet. Plus … the star’s proper motion, captured by an amateur astronomer.

Asteroid passes by Earth on May 14

But, contrary to some media reports, asteroid 1999 FN53 will not “skim” our planet.

Doomed Russian spacecraft burns up over Pacific

Roscosmos said the craft “ceased to exist” over the Pacific. The final time of reentry is 9:20 p.m. CDT (02:20 UTC), with an accuracy of plus or minus 1 minute.

Big asteroid swept close on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 came closer than any known asteroid this large until 2027. Information and photos of the asteroid, plus links to more.