Space news stories
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Panspermia, or the theory that life on Earth came after our planet was inseminated with alien biology, could have easily happened.
Despite some alarming press coverage, NASA tweeted out to a concerned citizen (in Spanish) telling them that any cries of armageddon are “a lie.”
Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water.
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.
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!
The results, which were a collective effort among several researchers, are deeply enlightening about some of the most mysterious objects in space.
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.
Residents were shaken up on Tuesday night as a bright meteor fireball exploded north of Detroit, registering as a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.