Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

An asteroid in an orbit between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Sadaharu Oh, the all-time home run king in professional Japanese baseball. The Paris-based International Astronomical Union approved the application Friday for naming the asteroid “Ohsadaharu.” One of those who helped file ...

Jan 27, 2015

Mountain-sized asteroid set to skim by Earth

An asteroid the size of a mountain is about to shave by Earth, in a rare type of flyby that will not be seen for another decade, astronomers said Monday. The asteroid, known as 2004 BL86, runs no risk of a colliding with Earth ...

Jun 23, 2014

Asteroid visited by Hayabusa considered for exploration

Asteroid Itokawa, reached by an unmanned Japanese space probe in 2005, might be listed as one of the candidates for a human exploration project being considered for the mid-2020s, NASA has said. The U.S. space agency said Thursday it is looking at several asteroids ...

Feb 22, 2013

Asteroid impact zone found in Aussie outback

Scientists have discovered a 200-km-wide impact zone in the Australian Outback they believe was caused by a massive asteroid smashing into Earth more than 300 million years ago. Andrew Glikson, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, said Wednesday the asteroid measuring 10 ...