Space news stories

Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased the Number of Asteroids We Can Mine
21st February 2018 | | Space, Tech

Asteroid mining is about more than just heading up into space and bringing back a rock full of platinum—you actually need to land something on just the right asteroid.

Asteroids Could Be ‘Time Capsules’ Showing How Life Began on Earth
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

As much as we tend to panic over the idea of an asteroid crashing into the Earth, one possible explanation for life on Earth is that an asteroid brought it here in the first place.

A.I. is ready to advise us on how to best protect Earth from deadly asteroids
17th February 2018 | | Space, Tech

A new algorithm called “Deflector Selector” is designed to weigh up different possible solutions to deal with the possibility of a deadly asteroid heading in Earth’s direction.

‘Oumuamua had a violent past and has been tumbling around for billions of years
13th February 2018 | Ancient, Space

This space cucumber had origins around another star, has had a violent past, and tumbles chaotically because of it. It is unusual compared to most asteroids and comets in our own solar system.

Asteroid passing close to Earth today – no need to worry
9th February 2018 | | Space

The space rock 2018 CB is up to 40m long and will come within 64,000km of the planet’s surface.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid caused molten rock to burst from ocean floor – study
8th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists.

Planets far beyond our galaxy discovered for the first time by astrophysicists
5th February 2018 | | Space

Microlensing technique allows detection of distant worlds that could never be observed directly, ‘not even with the best telescope one can imagine in a science fiction scenario’.

A Recent Ice Age Was Triggered by a Firestorm Bigger Than The One That Killed The Dinosaurs
5th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

In a hugely detailed and comprehensive new study, researchers have painted a picture of how around a tenth of Earth’s surface suddenly became covered in roaring fires at a point some 12,800 years ago.

New Study Finds Thousands of Alien Asteroids Could Bring Extraterrestrial Life to Earth
3rd February 2018 | | Earth, Space

Panspermia, or the theory that life on Earth came after our planet was inseminated with alien biology, could have easily happened.

Everything you need to know about AJ129, the 2018 ‘Super Bowl asteroid’
29th January 2018 | Space

Despite some alarming press coverage, NASA tweeted out to a concerned citizen (in Spanish) telling them that any cries of armageddon are “a lie.”

Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say
24th January 2018 | | Space

Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water.

Meteorites recovered from Michigan meteor explosion
20th January 2018 | | Space

With the size of this asteroid, it was a near certainty that pieces of it would reach the ground as meteorites, so in the days after, the hunt was on.

No, an Asteroid Is Not Going to Collide with Earth in February
20th January 2018 | | Space, Tech

In recent days, a few media outlets have reported (rather sensationally) that a “potentially hazardous” asteroid will fly close to Earth on Feb. 4. Are the reports correct? Absolutely! Is there any need to panic? Absolutely not!

New research challenges existing models of black holes
19th January 2018 | Space

The results, which were a collective effort among several researchers, are deeply enlightening about some of the most mysterious objects in space.

18th January 2018 | | Earth, Space, Tech

Saturn’s moon Titan may be nearly a billion miles away from Earth, but new research reveals a new way this distant world and our own are eerily similar.

Bright meteor sets off earthquake sensors in Michigan
18th January 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space

Residents were shaken up on Tuesday night as a bright meteor fireball exploded north of Detroit, registering as a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.

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