Discovered a day before its closest approach to Earth, Asteroid 2013 LR6 came within roughly 65,000 miles of the planet as it flew over the Southern Ocean of Tasmania, Australia at 12:42 a.m. EDT on June 8.
NASA chief Charles Bolden checked in on the agency’s progress in its mission to lasso an asteroid on Thursday, approximately a month after the President Barack Obama announced in its 2014 budget a full $105 million to get the mission, which may eventually cost more than $2.6 billion, started.
An asteroid nearly 2 miles in length, nine times the length of the QE2 cruise ship, is set pass by Earth on May 31, according to NASA scientists.
NASA's latest infrared sensor designed to locate near-Earth objects passed a critical design test, according to a press release issued by the U.S. agency on Tuesday.
A small near-Earth asteroid called 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth Feb. 15, NASA officials said.
The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has captured images of asteroid Apophis as it approached Earth this past weekend.
Astronomers have discovered a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, which is the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere.