Space news stories
A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered.
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft sent back a striking view of Earth and the moon looking tiny against the backdrop of space.
Now that the technique has been shown to work in space, there’s no telling what astronauts might find next.
From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there’s much to look forward to in 2018.
An asteroid will pass by Earth today, only three days after it was first spotted by astronomers. At its closest point, the asteroid will be around 140,000 miles away from Earth.
The near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon has a diameter of about six kilometres — roughly one kilometre larger than previous estimates.
A baffling discovery inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid was among the scientific discoveries and unsolved mysteries that left us scratching our heads this year.
It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft’s 13-year-long mission reached its finale, while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars.
Nasa has released a stunning image of an asteroid with three adjacent impact craters on its surface which are aligned in such a way that they resemble a snowman.
The radar images reveal the asteroid is spheroidal in shape and has a large concavity at least several hundred meters in extent near the leading edge, and a conspicuous dark, circular feature near one of the poles.
This is a good opportunity to imagine what such a day might look like if we had evolved on another planet where the sun would take a different dance across the sky.