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Newly discovered asteroid 2016 VA snuck up on us last night, and crossed through the Earth's shadow to boot. Discovered just yesterday by the Mount Lemmon Sky Survey based outside of Tucson Arizona, 2016 VA passed just 58,600 miles from the surface of the Earth this morning at 00:42 Universal Time . Comment?
As NASA prepares to send a spacecraft to a distant asteroid, another space rock made a surprise visit to Earth's vicinity. The newly discovered small asteroid, named 2016 RB1, passed safely by Earth, coming within approximately 23,900 miles of our planet, or just outside the orbit of many communications satellites. Comment?
About 3.4 billion years ago, when the Late Heavy Bombardment had ended, and the first cells resembling prokaryotes were appearing on Earth, two enormous meteoroids slammed into the ancient, frigid ocean on Mars. These impacts generated massive 400 ft. Comment?
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