Space news stories

Near-Earth asteroid removed from risk list
10th December 2018 cosmosmagazine.com | Earth, Space, Tech

European Space Agency cancels 2026 collision risk – leaving just 794 possibilities.

How NASA’s Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids
10th December 2018 gizmodo.com | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission won’t just take pretty pictures of the asteroid Bennu—it will also help scientists learn whether the rock will one day threaten Earth.

An Oxford Scientist May Have Solved the Mystery of Dark Matter
5th December 2018 futurism.com | Earth, Space

The research suggests that dark matter and energy can both be explained if they’re treated as a “negative mass fluid.”

Mesmerizing video shows what would happen if an asteroid crashed into Earth’s oceans
5th December 2018 mashable.com | Earth, Space

America’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has posted a new video illustrating what could happen if an asteroid crashed into one of our oceans, and it’s fascinating.

Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy
30th November 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

As far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using relatively sophisticated knowledge of the stars, new research shows.

Watch NASA arrive at the asteroid on a potential collision course with Earth
30th November 2018 | cnet.com | Humans, Space

NASA’s asteroid-chaser will reach its target, Bennu, on Dec. 3 and you don’t want to miss a thing.

Asteroid-sampling mission zeroes in on tiny space rock
30th November 2018 | nature.com | Space, Tech

US spacecraft aims to return the largest trove of space dirt to Earth since NASA’s final Apollo mission in the 1970s.

Giant 700-Foot-Wide Asteroid In Trajectory With Earth In 2023
27th November 2018 | valuewalk.com | Earth, Space, Tech

According to a NASA report, the asteroid has the potential of colliding with earth on 62 different impact trajectories, from between 2023 and 2117.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Ancient Egypt Discovered Variable Stars A Thousand Years Before European Astronomers
26th November 2018 | forbes.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Ancient Egyptian astronomers may have discovered variable stars, and calculated the period of a well-known one called Algol, thousands of years before Europeans.

An exploding meteor may have wiped out ancient Dead Sea communities
22nd November 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest.

NASA has chosen where it’s going to look for ancient life on Mars in 2020
22nd November 2018 | technologyreview.com | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA has picked Jezero Crater as the landing spot for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, after scrutinizing more than 60 potential locations over the last five years.

Scientists discovered an energetic “cosmic serpent” in our galaxy
21st November 2018 qz.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

Unlike the evil Egyptian god, which could never be vanquished, not even by its arch enemy Ra, this cosmic serpent is destined to be defeated someday and will go out with a bang, unlike any other.

A ‘samurai’ swordsmith is designing a space probe
21st November 2018 | bbc.com | Humans, Space, Tech

Now, a trio of engineers have teamed up with a master Japanese swordsmith to design a rock-sampling device made with the same steel used in katana sword blades – and the plan is to use it on an asteroid.

Did Ancient Egyptian Scribes Discover Algol’s Variability 3,000 Years before European Astronomers?
19th November 2018 | sci-news.com | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Sebastian Porceddu and colleagues argue that the ancient Egyptian scribes had the possible means and the motives for such astronomical observations.

Greenland impact crater could help explain disappearance of woolly mammoths, early humans
16th November 2018 | news.com.au | Ancient, Earth, Space

A scarily large meteorite crater has just been discovered in Greenland. It hit the world with the force of 700,000,000 nuclear bombs.

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