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Watch Neil De Grasse Tyson On The Science Of The Good Dinosaur

Video: Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur hits cinemas on Boxing Day. And who better than Neil de Grasse Tyson to indulge in a bit of playful speculation about the film’s premise: what if the K-T asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago had missed Earth?

That 'Spooky' Halloween Asteroid Is Actually A Dead Comet

If you weren’t already having nightmares about the “Halloween asteroid” taking a detour and crashing into New York City, well, this space rock just got a little spookier. First off, Spooky isn’t an asteroid; according to NASA, it’s a dead comet. Worse! It looks like a haunted human skull.

Get Ready For 'Spooky', The Halloween Asteroid!

Video: On All Hallow’s Eve in the US, an asteroid dubbed “Spooky” will make its closest approach to our planet. Hurtling along at an impressive 126,864km/h, the 400m-wide object poses no threat to Earth…or does it? This Gizmodo video explains Spooky’s story.

Unexpected Asteroid To Zip Past Earth

A rather large asteroid — discovered less than three weeks ago — is set to to fly past the Earth at a distance not seen in nearly a decade.

What Killed The Dinosaurs Was More Devastating Than An Asteroid

For nearly forty years, paleontologists have argued over what really killed the dinosaurs. Was it an massive asteroid impact, or a spate of volcanic eruptions? Or what if a powerful impact ignited volcanoes, walloping Earth’s biosphere with a deadly 1-2 punch?

This Is The Insane Metallic World NASA Wants To Explore Next

NASA announced the finalists for its next round of planetary explorations. There were the usual suspects — Venus, Jupiter’s asteroids — and, then, there was this: An asteroid, composed almost entirely of (possibly magnetic) metal, with a crust literally beaten away by interstellar collisions, named Psyche. Pardon?

The Tech That Will Save Us From An Apocalyptic Asteroid Looks Awesome

In celebration of World Asteroid Day this week, scientists came out of the woodwork to explain to all the different ways we can prevent an asteroid from causing an Armageddon-level apocalypse.

What The Sky Would Look Like If You Could See All The Asteroids

Here’s a really cool visualisation from astronomer Scott Manley that shows what our sky might look like if we could actually see all the asteroids. Asteroids aren’t visible to the naked eye because they’re too small to register, but Manley was able to reveal the known asteroids and speed them up to exaggerate how they would look in real life.

Japan Plans To Explore Martian Moons With Asteroid-Probing Tech

Countries are scrambling to get to Mars in a good ol’ fashioned space race. But focus might be shifting to the red planet’s two moons. According to reports, Japan announced plans yesterday to bring its asteroid-probing technology to the tiny Martian satellites.

Ancient Asteroid Impacts Boiled The Oceans And Made Life On Earth Hell

Roughly 3.3 billion years ago, Earth’s early life forms were plunged into an unimaginable hell, when a series of massive asteroids smashed into the young planet, vaporising the oceans and scorching the skies.

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