(Franklin Institute chief astronomer Derrick Pitts.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Local Astronomer Says Asteroid That Hit Russia Nearly Impossible To Predict

More than 1,000 people were injured, mostly from broken glass, when a space rock exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere about 30-40 miles above Russia on Friday.


(credit: KYW's Suzanne Monaghan)

Franklin Institute Astronomers Say Asteroid Poses No Threat To Earth

Scientists say an asteroid will pass closer to Earth today than any other they’ve ever tracked. Though “close” is in cosmic terms, and they say it’s not related to the meteorites in Russia.


Close Encounter

Its A Bird, Its A Plane… No Its An ASTEROID

This evening at 6:28PM, Asteroid 2005 YU-55 zoomed by Earth and had astronomers and observers in a frenzy. What makes this asteroid so special is that it passed closer to Earth than anything else that’s passed in a very long time.


A radar image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Aircraft Carrier-Size Asteroid Passing Close To Earth Tonight

An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier is passing close to the Earth this evening, but amateur astronomers may have a hard time seeing it about 6:30, when it would be visible, because of the brightness of the nearly full moon.