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The unusual object has been compared to a "rotating lawn sprinkler" and has led astronomers to develop a new theory of how asteroids 'die'
People directly under its flight were knocked off their feet and many others suffered sunburn or eye damage as they looked at the intense fireball
Astronomers find the first rocky planet with vast oceans beyond our Solar System
Scientists calculate planet’s leave-by date, and identify other worlds where life may develop
Researchers said the event was the 'most powerful ever recorded' by the system
The new discovery is thankfully only 300 metres across and orbits at a safe distance from Earth
Chile and Argentina have evacuated a region near the Copahue volcano in the Andes on the border between the two countries, after fears intensified that it would erupt.
Fist-sized fireball likely to be formed from debris from Halley's Comet
Head of Nasa made statement at hearing held to establish what was being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet for asteroids and meteors
The final path of meteor that injured about 1,000 people as it blasted to earth over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk has been plotted by astronomers.
After the week in which an asteroid passed a mere 17,000 miles from the earth, and a meteor injured over a thousand people in Russia one scientist warns 'duck and cover' is not an option
The meteor, which was travelling at around 33,000 mph rained down over the Ural Mountains last week
Perhaps mother nature is telling us to take this threat a little more seriously
Typically the preserve of science-fiction, now top of the news agenda, the prospect of an asteroid striking earth is raising alarm. This morning a meteor streaked across the sky in Russia, causing explosions and injuring 400 people. Later today a 150-ft asteroid will shave past earth at 17,000 miles distance, the closest recorded. If it hit, it could flatten London. So what defences do we have?
An asteroid measuring 150km is set to fly past the earth on Friday 15 February.
At its peak closeness, DA14 will come within 17,000 miles of our planet