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Monday's asteroid flyby common, threat real

Earth narrowly missed a collision with an asteroid three times the size of FedEx Field. Although 2 million miles crossed between the fate of humankind and the mass of space rock, the threat from asteroids is real.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 12:16pm EST
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Chelyabinsk one year later

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded with the power of an atomic bomb in Russia exactly one year ago.

Sunday - 02/16/2014, 05:38pm EST

Space stuff in the DMV

A comprehensive list of space- and astrology-related sites and clubs in the area.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 11:43am EST

Novice or not, take caution driving in winter weather

Whether a seasoned winter weather road warrior or a novice to driving in ice and snow, road safety experts want everyone to know a few things about winter driving.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 04:08pm EST

Astronaut Heroes Remembered

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 05:28pm EST

Fire and ice: Supernova and vapor in space

Fire and ice captured the attention of the worldwide astronomical community in the past 24 hours.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 08:11am EST

In feat of technology, Rosetta phones home

After 957 days of hibernation, the Rosetta spacecraft woke up, aligned itself with the sun and called home.

Monday - 01/20/2014, 04:07pm EST

Learning more about comets: Will Rosetta phone home?

The European Space Agency, NASA and countless people who follow space missions are holding their collective breath for the biggest wake-up call in the solar system.

Sunday - 01/19/2014, 04:47pm EST

NASA offers Americans a ride to an asteroid by microchip

This week, NASA invited the public to take part in the journey to the asteroid Bennu.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 05:10pm EST

January welcomes Jupiter and astronomers

"The King of the Planets," Jupiter will be visible as the sunsets Sunday and will dominate the night sky for months to come. Meanwhile, here on Earth, professional astronomers will descend upon National Harbor this week.

Sunday - 01/05/2014, 05:33pm EST

First main meteor shower of 2014 hits tonight

Although the DMV will sit under clouds for most of the evening on Jan. 2 -- and perhaps part of the morning of Jan. 3 -- NASA will carry a live stream of the Quadrantids meteor -- the first of 2014.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:48pm EST

What to see in the sky in 2014

Greg Redfern, WTOP space contributor

Wednesday - 01/01/2014, 05:53pm EST

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Best space story for 2013: Russia's asteroid event

Greg Redfern picks the Chelyabinsk Airburst Event as his top space story of 2013.

Monday - 12/30/2013, 06:15am EST

Christmas in space: The Legacy of Apollo 8

The modern-day equivalent to the New World voyage?

Tuesday - 12/24/2013, 09:19am EST

UVA student wins a free trip to space

Patrick Carney beat out more than 1 million other contestants for the chance of a lifetime on board the XCOR Aerospace Lynx spacecraft.

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 07:07am EST

Shopping for a stargazer? Here's your gift guide

Got a stargazer on your gift list and stuggling with what to get them? You've come to the right place. WTOP's Greg Redfern breaks down what, where and how to get the best space-related gifts.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:19pm EST

Catch the year's best meteor shower overnight Friday

If the sky stays clear overnight Friday, we will enjoy the peak time for what I think is the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:26pm EST

NASA: Some perspective and gratitude

Americans are aware of NASA but I do not think they realize how much NASA does and for how little money. Do you know what NASA's budget is for 2014? Thanks to our deadlocked and dysfunctional Congress there is no approved budget for the Government.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 02:47pm EST

Scientist knits technology into ultimate ugly sweaters

This scientist has found a way to use your smartphone to make your Christmas sweater the ugliest at the party.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:15pm EST

Where to find photos, facts about Comet ISON

Comet ISON may not be visible to the naked eye Thursday morning, but that doesn't mean science and technology can't help us see the icy comet racing toward our sun.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 06:09pm EST
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