Part Of An Asteroid Set To Skim Earth Fell And Made A Big Crater

An asteroid known as 2014 RC was due to skim past our planet over the weekend. But instead of passing by in the distance, it’s believed part of the rock fell to earth in Nicaragua creating a gigantic crater.

This Mysterious Asteroid Breakup Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads

What you see above could have not happened, as far as astronomers know. The Hubble space telescope has photographed this never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid. The observed space object has fragmented into several smaller pieces — which is common when comets approach the sun — but the process has never been observed before in the asteroid belt. Yet that is where asteroid P/2013 R3 has now ceased to exist.

Rosetta: First Spaceship To Land On A Comet Wakes Up After 31-Month Sleep

Rosetta — the first man-made spaceship to land on an comet — is alive and well. It just sent its first signal to the world after going into sleep mode 31 months ago. Scientists were anxious, hoping that the computer and the interplanetary probe would alright. All systems: nominal.

NASA Releases Its First Video Of Giant Asteroid DA14

Remember giant asteroid DA14 that buzzed our planet last week? It made for some pretty spectacular viewing. Now NASA is getting in on the video fun by releasing its observations of the space rock as seen by the Goldstone deep space telescopes.

What's The Difference Between An Asteroid And A Meteor?

The other day we dealt with an asteroid and a meteor. The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped passed Earth today and a meteor exploded over in Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently!

Watch This Giant Meteorite Fly Over Russia...You Won't Believe Its Sound

In an unexpected move, space seems to be putting on a matinee show for Earth ahead of the tomorrow’s 4:30am (AEDT) fly-by of the asteroid code-named 2012 DA14, with a giant goddamn meteorite streaking across the sky in Russia this morning before crashing to Earth with a furious bang. Watch the incredible video here.

Should You Be Scared Of The Incoming Asteroid?

An asteroid expected to hurtle past Earth next week will fly within range of communication satellites but will not hit the planet, experts said today.

Physicists Claim It Would Be Impossible To Nuke An Earth-Killing Asteroid

If you’ve always assumed that the idea proposed in Armageddon could save us in the face of a crisis, by destroying an asteroid to avert the destruction of Earth, think again. Physicists from Leicester University, UK, have calculated that such a feat would require a bomb a billion times stronger than the biggest bomb ever detonated on Earth.

Watch This Asteroid Pass By Earth

Asteroids pass us by all the time, ranging in size and distance from Earth, but we’re nowhere near needing to hire Bruce Willis and his gang of misfits to save us yet. Either way, an Italian observatory captured a few frames of a building-sized rock flying by earlier today.

This Is How Asteroid Mining Will Work

Yesterday, a group of billionaires, scientists and engineers announced what could become the most important enterprise in human history since Columbus sailed West: an asteroid-mining company called Planetary Resources. They want to jump-start a completely new industry between the Earth and the moon, one that will add trillions of dollars to the world economy and ensure our prosperity for centuries to come.

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