Space news stories
Before 290m years ago, the planet suffered an asteroid strike about once every 3m years, but since then the rate has risen to once nearly every 1m years.
Apophis 99942 is expected to come within 37,600km of the Earth, just a tenth of the distance between our planet and the moon, in 2029.
As levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rise and warm the globe, Antarctica’s ice will become more vulnerable to cycles on an astronomical scale, particularly the tilt of our planet is as it spins around its axis.
The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the University of Warwick, and our skies are filled with them.
Rapid shifts in the Earth’s north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic, scientists said.
A smash-up in the asteroid belt may have turned a previously calm and quiet space rock into a splashier kind of celestial object.
‘Awesome’ technology could be used to explore ‘anywhere there is water and sufficiently low gravity’.
The asteroid blasted a nearly mile-high tsunami through the Gulf of Mexico that caused chaos throughout the world’s oceans, new research finds.
“If the Tunguska object was a member of a Beta Taurid stream … then the last week of June 2019 will be the next occasion with a high probability for Tunguska-like collisions or near misses.”
Chang’e 4 will perform a variety of science work over the coming months, potentially helping scientists better understand the structure, formation and evolution of Earth’s natural satellite.
As 2018 comes to a close let’s take a look at what is happening with all the objects surrounding the Earth.
A mind-bending new theory claims to make sense not just of the expanding universe and extra dimensions, but string theory and dark energy as well.
A new calculation shows that the tree-fall pattern in Siberia is consistent with an asteroid coming from the same area in the sky as the Taurid meteor swarm.
Mile-long rock shaped like water-loving pachyderm is rotating lazily through space under close watch by scientists who feared it could be on a collision course.
The space rock, estimated to be about a mile wide, will pass by our planet at a distance of approximately 7.34 lunar distances, what corresponds to 1.75 million miles.
A newly discovered object is the most-distant body ever observed in the solar system — and the first object ever found orbiting at more than 100 times the distance from Earth to the sun.