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Binary Asteroids

  1. An Even Better Look at Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

    Okay, yeah, that's no space station.

    As you may recall, asteroid 1998 QE2 gave the Earth a buzz just over a week ago. Upon close examination, it was determined that 1998 QE2 actually had a moon of its own. That's not unheard of, though we didn't know 1998 QE2 had one. Some images were combined to form a video of the binary group shortly after discovery, but now an even better look at the two has been created thanks to scientists working with the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California.

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  2. Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has Its Own Moon

    Radar data shows that the asteroid flying by Earth today isn't travelling alone.

    1998 QE2, the huge asteroid passing near Earth today, has yet to make its closest approach, but researchers are already using radar to make some surprising discoveries about the space rock as it hurtles through our neck of the cosmic woods. Case in point? Yesterday, NASA officials learned that 1.7 mile-wide 1998 QE2 -- that's as big as nine cruise ships, to use an unexpected but largely accepted metric -- isn't travelling alone. The enormous asteroid is bringing its own smaller moon along for the ride, which you can get a look at in the video below.

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