Solar System Exploration
The Earth has one less asteroid to worry about thanks to the research of an international team of scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Arecibo Observatory Returns from Tropical Storm Isaias Lockdown to Track Asteroid for NASA
NASA’s first asteroid sampling spacecraft is making final preparations to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx is One Rehearsal Away from Touching Asteroid Bennu
Lucy will fly by seven different Trojan asteroids that are orbiting the same distance from the Sun as Jupiter.
NASA's Lucy Mission Passes Critical Mission Milestone
The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020.
August 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon
In the fall of 2022, NASA’s DART spacecraft will reach its destination: asteroid Didymos and its small moonlet Dimorphos.
Predicting the Unpredictable: DART's Dive into an Asteroid
A comet visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system is putting on a spectacular nighttime display.
Comet NEOWISE Slides by Sun, Provides Treat for Observers
Psyche, the NASA mission to explore a metal-rock asteroid of the same name, recently passed a crucial milestone.
Building NASA's Psyche: Design Done, Now Full Speed Ahead on Hardware
The next full Moon will be early Sunday morning, July 5, 2020. There also will be a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
July 2020: The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon
Didymos B is getting an official name of its own: Dimorphos.
NASA's First Planetary Defense Mission Target Gets a New Name
Images from OSIRIS-REx show rocks on asteroid Bennu appear to be cracking.
OSIRIS-REx Discovers Sunlight Can Crack Rocks on Asteroid Bennu
Asteroid 2002 NN4 will safely pass Earth on June 6 at a distance of approximately 3.2 million miles. There is no danger to Earth.
Small Asteroid to Safely Fly by Earth
This view is a mosaic of sample site Osprey on asteroid Bennu created from images collected by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
OSIRIS-REx Swoops Over Sample Site Osprey
The Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon, Mead Moon, Honey Moon, Vat Purnima, Poson Poya, and the LRO Moon.
The Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon
Recently discovered object 2019 LD2, originally believed to be the first cometary “Jupiter Trojan” asteroid, turned out to be an interloper comet masquerading as a member of the Trojan population.
UPDATE: Astronomers recategorize asteroid-like comet detected by ATLAS telescope
What can asteroids tell us about the early solar system? The James Webb Space Telescope will help unravel these mysteries.
NASA's Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks' of Our Solar System
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu’s surface.
OSIRIS-REx Ready for Touchdown on Asteroid Bennu
A large near-Earth asteroid will safely pass by our planet on April 29, providing astronomers with an exceptional opportunity to study the 1.5-mile-wide object in great detail.
Asteroid 1998 OR2 to Safely Fly Past Earth
The Dishchii’bikoh meteorite fall in the White Mountain Apache reservation in central Arizona has given scientists a big clue to finding out where so-called LL chondrites call home.
2016 Arizona Meteorite Fall Points Researchers to Source of LL Chondrites
On Apr. 14, the mission will pursue its first practice run – officially known as “Checkpoint” rehearsal – which will also place the spacecraft the closest it’s ever been to Bennu.
Rehearsal Time for NASA's Asteroid Sampling Spacecraft
Whether you're doing it for the nerd cred or the pie, this week on #10Things, we've got all the ways you can celebrate #PiDay with NASA.
10 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day with NASA on March 14
Benben Saxum and 11 other features on the asteroid are the first to receive official Bennu feature names approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
First Official Names Given to Features On Asteroid Bennu
Preliminary results indicate that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Nightingale yesterday as part of the mission’s Reconnaissance B phase activities.
OSIRIS-REx Completes Closest Flyover of Sample Site Nightingale
Spitzer, designed to reveal the far, cold and dusty side of the universe, made discoveries its designers never even imagined, including a previously unseen ring of Saturn.
10 Things Spitzer Taught Us About Our Solar System
NASA’s Lucy mission team is seeing double after discovering that Eurybates, the asteroid the spacecraft has targeted for flyby in 2027, has a small moon. This bonus science opportunity was discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Scientists Confirm New Asteroid Satellite
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft's launch, the mission team has gathered their top 10 images and graphics based on WISE and NEOWISE data.
Celebrating 10 Years of the WISE Spacecraft