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Asteroid 2017 YE5 turns out to be double

Asteroid 2017 YE5 swept by Earth in late June. Turns out, it’s a double asteroid, with both bodies almost identical in size and not touching – only the 4th such object ever detected.

Fragments found for small asteroid that exploded over Russia last week

The meteor was seen over Russia on June 21. Now scientists from Ural Federal University are reporting finding meteorite fragments from the event. Plus … why are so many large meteors seen over Russia?

Small asteroid zipped through Earth’s atmosphere

The IAU confirmed that the asteroid originally designated ZLAF9B2 – now called 2018 LA – disintegrated at a height of 30 miles (50 km) over South Africa on June 2, 2018.

Very close asteroid encounter today

Asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass at about half the moon’s distance, in one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.

Insight Mars is on its way

The Insight Mars lander is due to set down on Mars’ surface in November, 2018.

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.

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).