Space news stories

Asteroid strikes ‘increase threefold over last 300m years’
21st January 2019 | theguardian.com | Earth, Space

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 asteroid could strike Earth in 2068, warn Russian scientists
21st January 2019 | rt.com | Earth, Space

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.

Earth’s Tilt May Exacerbate a Melting Antarctic
21st January 2019 | livescience.com | Earth, Space

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.

Thousands Of Stars Turning Into Crystals
17th January 2019 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com | Space

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.

Shifting north magnetic pole forces unprecedented navigation fix
16th January 2019 | reuters.com | Earth, Space

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.

Asteroid suddenly shows off a comet-like tail
16th January 2019 | cnet.com | Space

A smash-up in the asteroid belt may have turned a previously calm and quiet space rock into a splashier kind of celestial object.

STEAM-PROPELLED SPACECRAFT COULD EXPLORE ASTEROIDS ‘FOREVER’, SAY SCIENTISTS
16th January 2019 | independent.co.uk | Space, Tech

‘Awesome’ technology could be used to explore ‘anywhere there is water and sufficiently low gravity’.

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Mile-High Tsunami That Spread Through Earth’s Oceans
9th January 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

The asteroid blasted a nearly mile-high tsunami through the Gulf of Mexico that caused chaos throughout the world’s oceans, new research finds.

The meteor shower that brought Tunguska is due in June
7th January 2019 bigthink.com | Earth, Humans, Space

“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.”

China Makes Historic 1st Landing on Mysterious Far Side of the Moon
3rd January 2019 | space.com | Space, Tech

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.

Asteroid News: Radar Study And The Lucy Mission [Infographic]
2nd January 2019 | forbes.com | Space, Tech

As 2018 comes to a close let’s take a look at what is happening with all the objects surrounding the Earth.

NEW THEORY: THE UNIVERSE IS A BUBBLE, INFLATED BY DARK ENERGY
29th December 2018 futurism.com | Space

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.

Incoming! A June meteor swarm could be loaded with surprises.
27th December 2018 | washingtonpost.com | Earth, Space

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.

Hippo-shaped asteroid skims past Earth on closest approach for 400 years
26th December 2018 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Space

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.

Mile-wide, potentially hazardous asteroid 2003 SD220 to swoosh by Earth on Saturday
21st December 2018 phys.org | Earth, Space

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.

‘Farout!’ Newfound Object Is the Farthest Solar System Body Ever Spotted
19th December 2018 | space.com | Space

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.

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