Comets and asteroids

asteroid 2018 nw

Asteroid 2018 NW flew past Earth at 0.32 LD, the second at 0.3 LD in 8 hours

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 NW flew past Earth at 0.32 LD / 0.00083 (124 166 km / 77 153 miles) at 03:12 UTC on July 8, 2018. Asteroid 2018 NW belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter of 7.2 to 16 m (23 - 52 feet). It...

July 10, 2018

asteroid ryugu hayabusa2

Ion-powered Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at asteroid Ryugu

The unmanned Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 has arrived at asteroid Ryugu, currently located 284 million km (176 million miles) away from Earth. The spacecraft will attempt 3 brief touch-and-go landings over the next 18 months to collect samples and return them to...

June 27, 2018

asteroid 2018 la f

Asteroid 2018 LA explodes over South Africa and Botswana several hours after discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 LA exploded somewhere along the South Africa - Botswana border region at 16:53 UTC on June 2, 2018. The asteroid was discovered several hours before it entered our atmosphere. It is possible pieces of it survived the entry...

June 03, 2018

asteroid 2018 hv

Small asteroid 2018 HV flew past Earth at 0.4 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 HV flew past Earth at 0.4 LD / 0.00104 AU (155 581 km / 96 674 miles) on April 22, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on April 21, just hours before its...

April 23, 2018

asteroid 2018 ge3

Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at 0.5 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.5 LD or 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on April 15, 2018. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

April 16, 2018

asteroid 2018 dv1

Asteroid 2018 DV1 to flyby Earth at 0.29 LD on March 2

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 DV1 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.29 LD or 0.00075 AU (~112 198 km / 69 716 miles) on March 2, 2018. This will be the 18th known and 6th closest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the...

February 27, 2018

Chelyabinsk Asteroid

5th anniversary of Chelyabinsk event, the biggest asteroid airburst since 1908

February 15, 2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the Chelyabinsk event, the biggest asteroid airburst this century so far and the biggest one since the 1908 Tunguska event. This is also the only asteroid confirmed to have resulted in a large number of injuries. The...

February 15, 2018

asteroid 2018 cd3

Asteroid 2018 CD3 to flyby Earth at 0.93 LD on February 15

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CD3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.93 LD / 0.00238 AU (~356 042 km / 221 234 miles) at 19:42 UTC on February 15, 2018. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

February 12, 2018

asteroid 2018 cn2

Asteroid 2018 CN2 flew past Earth at 0.18 LD, discovered one day before closest approach

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CN2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD / 0.00047 AU (~ 70 310 km / 43 689 miles) on February 9, 2018, one day after it was discovered. This is the 12th of 13 known asteroids to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance...

February 11, 2018

asteroid 2018 cf2

Asteroid 2018 CF2 flew past Earth at 0.25 LD, one day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CF2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.25 LD / 0.00065 AU (~97 238 km / 60 421 miles) on February 6, 2018, one day before its discovery. This is the 4th closest known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year....

February 11, 2018

asteroid 2018 cs1

Asteroid 2018 CS1 flew past Earth at 0.90 LD, 3 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CS1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.90 LD / 0.00230 (~ 344 075 km / 213 798 miles) on February 4, 2018, 3 days before it was first observed. A total of 13 known asteroids flew past us within 1 lunar distance since the...

February 11, 2018

asteroid 2018 cb

Asteroid 2018 CB to flyby Earth at 0.17 LD on February 9

A newly discovered asteroid designated will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00043 AU (~64 327 km / 39 970 miles) on February 9, 2018. This is the 10th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and, 9th since January...

February 05, 2018

asteroid 2018 cc

Asteroid 2018 CC to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on February 6

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CC will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.50 LD / 0.00128 AU (~191 485 km / 118 983 miles) on February 6, 2018. This is the 9th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, 8th since...

February 05, 2018

asteroid 2018 bn6

Asteroid 2018 BN6 flew past Earth at 0.94 LD, 7th within 1 LD in 9 days

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 BN6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.94 LD / 0.00242 AU (~362 026 km / 224 953 miles) on January 24, 2018. Its closest approach to Earth took place 3 days before it was discovered. This asteroid belongs to the Apollo...

January 28, 2018

asteroid 2018 bf3

Asteroid 2018 BF3 flew past Earth at 0.63 LD, 6th in 4 days

A sixth known near-Earth asteroid in just 4 days flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on January 19, 2018. The latest asteroid was designated 2018 BF3 and it flew past Earth at a distance of 0.63 LD / 0.00162 AU (~242 348 km / 150 588 miles) at 03:00 UTC. This...

January 23, 2018

asteroid 2018 br1

Asteroid 2018 BR1 flew past Earth at 0.33 LD on January 16, 5th in 4 days

A small asteroid designated 2018 BR1, first observed on January 17 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.33 LD / 0.00088 (~131 646 km / 81 801 miles) on January 16, 2018. This is now the 5th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance in 4 days and the 6th...

January 20, 2018

asteroid 2018bx

Asteroid 2018 BX to flyby Earth at 0.73 LD on January 19, second of the day

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 BX will flyby Earth at 0.73 LD / 0.00188 AU (~281 243 km / 174 756 miles) at 23:00 UTC on January 19, 2018. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance today, the other one will fly by at 20:22...

January 19, 2018