Space news stories
For the first time scientists have been able to prove a decades old theory on stars thanks to a revolutionary high-speed camera.
Europe’s next asteroid mission, which could launch in 2023, will rely on the same kind of navigation technology as self-driving cars.
The asteroid is estimated to be twice as big as the Pyramid of Khufu in Giza and will return for another visit 16 years from now.
The NASA spacecraft analysing the asteroid has observed it shooting out plumes of dust that surround it in a dusty haze – a phenomenon we’ve never seen in an asteroid before.
A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. It went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.
The space rock has an estimated size of 75 feet in diameter, so it’s slightly larger than the asteroid that penetrated the atmosphere over the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013.
Despite what Hollywood tells us, stopping an asteroid from creating an extinction-level event by blowing it up may not work.
This remnant protoplanet, in fact, remains the largest unexplored planetary body inside the orbit of Neptune.
Findings show that asteroids are stronger than we used to think and require more energy to be completely shattered.
The Hayabusa2’s target – the asteroid named Ryugu – is thought to be as old as the solar system itself.
While this may conjure not-so-warm memories of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi The Day After Tomorrow, there’s no need to panic.
It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s a wild possibility scientists are actually exploring: how to fit a space station inside an asteroid.
The Near Earth Object Coordination Centre has upped the risk level for one of the 19,563 asteroids and 107 comets listed as passing through the Earth’s neighbourhood.
The heavy bombardment of terrestrial planets by asteroids from space has contributed to the formation of the early evolved crust on Earth that later gave rise to continents.
Although the number of space rocks striking earth is increasing, the probability of an asteroid strike wiping out mankind is extremely low.