Explained: What is 16 Psyche, the asteroid believed to be worth $10,000 quadrillion?

News: A study has found that asteroid 16 Psyche could be made entirely of metal and is worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion — more than the entire economy of Earth.   Facts: 16 Psyche: It is an asteroid which orbits between Mars and Jupiter. Where is it located? It is located around 370 million kilometres… Continue reading Explained: What is 16 Psyche, the asteroid believed to be worth $10,000 quadrillion?

Explained: The asteroid twice as big as Giza Pyramid about to cross Earth’s orbit soon

News: NASA has been tracking asteroid 465824 2010 FR which is twice as big as the Pyramid of Giza and is expected to cross the Earth’s orbit on September 6.It is classified as a Near-Earth Object(NEO) and a potentially hazardous asteroid(PHA). Facts: Near-Earth Object(NEO): NASA defines NEOs as comets and asteroids nudged by the gravitational… Continue reading Explained: The asteroid twice as big as Giza Pyramid about to cross Earth’s orbit soon

Explained: 163348(2002 NN4) – the Asteroid that made a close approach to Earth

News: NASA has announced that a giant asteroid called as 163348 (2002 NN4) is expected to pass Earth.The asteroid is a Near-Earth Object(NEO) and is classified as Potentially Hazardous Asteroid(PHA). Facts: Near Earth Object(NEO): These are comets and asteroids pushed by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits which allow them to enter the… Continue reading Explained: 163348(2002 NN4) – the Asteroid that made a close approach to Earth

International Astronomical Union names asteroid after Pandit Jasraj

News:The International Astronomical Union(IAU) has named an asteroid, discovered in 2006 after Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj. Facts: About Asteroid: Asteroid are relatively small, inactive, rocky body orbiting the Sun.They can be as small as 1 kilometer(km) across or as large as 940 kilometers (about 583 miles) across.  There are thousands of asteroids in our… Continue reading International Astronomical Union names asteroid after Pandit Jasraj

NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 2022

NASA is planning to launch Double Asteroid Redirection Test(DART).It is a spacecraft designed to determine whether an asteroid can be redirected with a high-speed collision. It will be launched with the help of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will hit a small moonlet in the binary near-earth asteroid system Didymos in September 2022. DART would… Continue reading NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 2022

NASA to crash into asteroid, ESA to follow up

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Hera mission is set for a new record by becoming the first spacecraft to explore a binary asteroid — the Didymos pair. The moon orbiting Didymos, called ‘Didymoon’ — almost the size of the Giza Pyramid in Egypt, measuring just 160 metres in diameter—will be the smallest asteroid ever explored.… Continue reading NASA to crash into asteroid, ESA to follow up