Space news stories
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.
On Oct. 10, 2015, astronomers in Hawaii made a spooky discovery: a giant asteroid between 625 and 700 meters zipping through space, that at certain angles looks uncannily like a human skull.
The IAU’s Working Group on Star Names has approved 86 new names for stars drawn from cultures around the world. These include Aboriginal Australian, Chinese, Coptic, Hindu, Mayan, Polynesian and South African names.
A new analysis of the oldest known fossil microorganisms provides strong evidence to support an increasingly widespread understanding that life in the universe is common.
Researchers have now discovered that while Oumuamua appears to be an unusually long rocky asteroid it may actually be an icy body covered in a protective crust of organic chemicals.
A recently published study posits that Mars formed in what today is the Asteroid Belt, roughly one and a half times as far from the Sun as its current position, before migrating to its present location.