Space news stories

Nasa reveals images of asteroid that’s ‘like nothing humanity has seen before’
20th June 2019 | Space

Nasa has released pictures of a highly unusual mountain on the surface of an asteroid.

12th June 2019 | | Earth, Space

Nasa has warned about the dangers of asteroids in the future – but not this one.

Ancient asteroid crater located off coast of Scotland
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Space object about a mile wide believed to have crashed into Earth around 1.2bn years ago.

Astronomers Warn About Possible Lethal Meteor Shower in June
5th June 2019 | | Earth, Space

Astronomers are now closely monitoring the upcoming Beta Taurids shower after data analysis showed that this year’s event will bring the swarm of meteors closest to Earth.

Cosmic Lightning Storms Sparked Humanity’s Rise To Two-Legged Domination
31st May 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Proto-humans’ decision to start walking on two legs is what took us from living in the trees to designing space rockets and it may all have started with a fantastical series of events.

New Western study investigates potential risk of Taurid meteor swarm
28th May 2019 | Earth, Space

Earth will approach within 30,000,000 km of the centre of the Taurid swarm this summer, the closest such encounter since 1975.

King Tut Wore Ancient, Meteor-Blasted Yellow Glass
22nd May 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

This natural glass, found across thousands of square kilometers in western Egypt, is thought to have originated from one of two events: either a meteorite impact on the surface of Earth or an airburst.

Wandering Earth: rocket scientist explains how we could move our planet
17th May 2019 | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

In 5 billion years, the sun will run out of fuel and expand. A more immediate threat is a global warming apocalypse. Moving the Earth to a wider orbit could be a solution, and it is possible in theory.

Curtin planetary scientist unravels mystery of Egyptian desert glass
16th May 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Space

A researcher has solved a 100-year-old riddle by discovering that glass found in the Egyptian desert was created by a meteorite impact. These findings have implications for understanding the threat posed by asteroids.

Huge Asteroid Destroys New York In NASA Simulation After Scientists Fail To Deflect It
9th May 2019 | | Humans, Space, Tech

Fictional crash tests the ways that disaster response and space agencies would deal with such a natural disaster.

NASA’s First Planetary Defense Technology Demonstration to Collide with Asteroid in 2022
9th May 2019 | Space, Tech

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – NASA’s first mission to demonstrate a planetary defense technique – will get one chance to hit its target, the small moonlet in the binary asteroid system Didymos.

It’s Hard to Believe How Close This Asteroid Is Going to Get to Earth
3rd May 2019 | Space

While space agencies simulate an asteroid impact this week at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, there’s a real asteroid they’re monitoring that will make a close appearance in just 10 years.

29th April 2019 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

‘Tabletop exercise’ will ensure US government is ready to respond to any real asteroids that could be on their way to destroy us.

Check out the first pics of the asteroid crater made by a Japanese spacecraft
29th April 2019 | | Space, Tech

In the first week of April, a Japanese spacecraft blasted a small crater into an asteroid more than 180 million miles from Earth — and now we’ve finally got the first images of its explosive handy work.

Nuclear weapons might save the world from an asteroid strike – but we need to change the law first
25th April 2019 | Humans, Space, Tech

If a collision-course NEO was identified, it can at least be said that a proposed nuclear response would be very likely to violate international law.

‘Marsquake’: first tremor detected on Red Planet
23rd April 2019 | Space

Scientists said they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars in a discovery that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth’s neighbour.

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